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C O N M E G T I Om S 

Lighting Up 
the World 
All Around 

The VCU Alumni 

Assodation and th^^ 
University invite you to 
return to VCU to celebrate 

the 3 0th Anniversary of the 
School of Education during 
Reunion '94. Reminisce 

.^bpMtMschppl's histor^^ 
with emeriti professors who 
will be on hand to talk 

about the school's past^ and 
with current j)rofessors who 
will be available to discuss 
the school's future. 

Spedd pro^rarns are 
sponsored again this year 

by the African American 

Alumni Council^ the 

I Honors Program and the 
^ 50 Year ArumnrClub. RPI 

Alumni are invited back for 

a special "Classes of the 

'40s Celebration." So mark 

iyour calendar now and 
imake your plans to be here 

for Reunion Weekend '94 

April 22-24, 1994._ 




From the Editor 

Welcome to the redesign of your alumni 
magazine. Editor, designer, and alumni board 
have been cocooning since July. Shafer Court 
Connections is the result, an expansion from the 
tabloid to a 32-page magazine. Connection is 
the point. Stronger connections between the 
university and alumni, alumni and each other, 
and coverage of the links VCU and VCU 
alumni have forged with their local, national, 
and world communities. 

We have more room to give you news you 
want to know — about national and interna- 
tional recognition for VCU and its faculty and 
students; news of the Academic Campus 
programs, teaching, and research; stories and 
news about your fellow alumni; and more 
room for photos and art. These were readers' 
top priorities in a survey taken last spring. 
(More survey information on page 3.) 

Connections goes interactive with 
Richmond 843044, a department for letters to 
the editor. Argue, discuss, amend, expand, 
complain, and remember VCU and RPI. In 
some ways the university life is a long conversa- 
tion. Keep talking. 

Shafer Court Connections Vidll come out 
three times a year, in mid-winter, spring, and 
late summer. The magazine will go only to 
Academic Campus alumni and to alumni from 
the MCV Campus who request it. The savings 
from less frequent and smaller printings and 
mailings will help pay for more pages and a 
four-color cover. The magazine wQl also be able 
to focus better on a more closely defined target 
audience — although the diversity of VCU 
alumni is what makes this magazine exciting to 
edit, to design, and to read. 

As the new editor, I want to thank Marilyn 
Scott, previous editor of VCU Magazine. Her 
ability to pack those eight pages with university 
and alumni news — and real stories — has built 
an audience which I gratefully inherit. Under 
her direction and Ben Cornatzer's design, 
VCU Magazitie won several state and regional 
awards, most recently the 1993 Award of 
Excellence from the Virginia chapter of the 
International Association of Business Commu- 
nicators. Marilyn has moved to different editor- 
ial responsibilities at VCU Publications, but 
continues to be a resource. Her profile of lane 
Weaver Poulton is on page 29. 

As for me, I'm happy to be here. To borrow 
from Casablanca, "This could be the begin- 
ning of a beautiful friendship." And a great 


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VOL. 1 IMO. 1 

-S^ SPRING 1994 


"A sense of belonging to the university' 

VCU alumni weather tlie Great Flood of '93. 


School of Education alumni turn kids on to learning. 




Cuss k\ 

It's "Not Hip to be Square"— Richard Carlyon '53BFA/'63MFA/A 






Tlie Opera Ain't Over Till the Little Lady Sings — Lisa Edwards-Burrs 


nil ITM 

Of Legends and Lovers — Jane Weaver Poulton '47BA/H&S 



Mary Ellen Mercer 


Ben Comatzer 



direaor of alumni acti^nties 

Shafer Court Connections is 
a magazine for alumni and 
friends of the Academic 
Campus of Virginia 
University in Richmond. 
VCU is a public, urban 
university with an enroll- 
ment of 21.000 students 
on the Academic and 
Medical College of 
Virginia Campuses. The 
magazine is published 
three times a year by 
VCU's Office of Alumni 

Copyright© 1994 by 
Virginia Commonwealth 


Virginia Commonwealth University 

An Equal Opportunrtv/AtfirmaOue 
Action University 

That's our new letters 

to the editor section. 

Send to 

Shafer Court Connections 

VCU Office of Alumni 



Richmond.VA 843044. 

Fax: (804) 367-7015. 


So, let's hear from you. 





This past fall, the presidents of Virginia's pubHc colleges and universities were alerted to prepare for additional 
state budget reductions. 

Since 1990, the state's public institutions have cut $413 million in general funds. Today 12 percent of the state 
I'udget goes to higher education, compared to nearly 16 percent at the beginning of the decade. Virginia now? 
1 .inks 43rd in the nation in per-student support, behind Arkansas and just ahead of Mississippi. At Virginia 
( ommonwealth University, these cuts have reduced the University's state revenues 13.3 percent, from $1 18.5 
million to $102.7 million. 

The presidents believe that Virginians cannot afford the risk that continued cuts pose to our system of higher 
education. The reason is simple: the increasing sophistication of the work place means that businesses are migrat- 
ing to concentrations of well-educated people and centers of innovation and research that depend on access to 
quality institutions of higher education. 

More than 700 business executives surveyed by Virginia Business magazine ranked Virginia's colleges and uni- 
versities first among 20 factors important to the quality of the state's business climate. A University of 
Massachusetts study found that for every dollar invested in the institution, the state received $1.60 in additional 
income and sales taxes from the added earning power of college graduates. 

Fortune magazine has just named the Raleigh-Durham area as the best region in the country for business, for 
four major reasons: Duke, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, and Research 
Triangle Park. Fortune credits North Carolina's public policy toward higher education for the impact higher edu- 
cation and technology have had on the region. State budget support of higher education has increased from 18 to 
20 percent. 


• The spending capacity of VCU's 2 1 ,000 students and 1 4,000 employees is approximately $322 million a year; 
VCU researchers attract more than $80 million a year in sponsored research funding; and the University cir- 
culates a budget of three-quarters of a biUion dollars each year in the local economy. 

■ Fifty-seven percent of VCU's 80,000 alumni reside in Virginia. 

• The University is under way with a $200-million capital construction program, including $43 million in facili- 
ties funded by the General Obligation Bonds— which voters passed overwhelmingly in November 1992. 

• VCU is leading the development of the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, a collaborative project with the 
business community and city, local and state governments to attract the growing biotechnology industry to 
the state. 

• VCU is planning to work with the community and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to 
establish a school of engineering for the Richmond/Petersburg area. 

• VCU is seeking greater flexibility for the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals to compete effectively in the 
health-care market. 


VCU faculty and administrators have developed a "Strategic Plan for the Future of Virginia Commonwealth 
University," approved by VCU's Board of Visitors in September 1993. The intent of the plan is to fund new initia- 
tives through reallocating resources rather than seeking new funds. Current strategic priorities include increasing 
the role of technology in education, supporting primary-care outreach in the community, establishing multidisci- 
plinary centers like the new HIV/ AIDS Center, implementing a distributed-campus network, and improving 
services for students. 

Reallocation will be made possible by a number of strategic directives, including academic reorganization and 
an administrative restructuring that will cut administrative overhead by 15 percent. 


Virginia's college and university presidents have asked the General Assembly to hold higher education's share of 
the state budget at 12 percent. These funds are targeted for financial aid and tuition rehef; libraries and equip- 
ment; faculty salaries; and new technology, new buildings and other initiatives tied to increasing enrollment. 

We need your help. It is time to remind ourselves and our state legislators that higher education is an asset 
to— not a drain on— the Commonwealth of Virginia. I ask you, the alumni of Virginia Commonwealth 
University, to contact your legislators and voice your support for higher education. 




F. Dixon Whitworth Jr. '69MS/B 

of Winchester, VA was elected in 
luly to a one-year term as rector 
of VCU. He was vice rector this 
past year. Whitworth is executive 
vice-president of F&M National 
Corp. and a board member for 
three of its affiliate banks. He also 
holds a law degree from the 
University of Richmond. 
Whitworth is active in numerous 
civic projects in Richmond and in 
Winchester and Frederick 


Dr. Howard Tuckman, new dean 
of the School of Business, comes 
to VCU fi-om Memphis State 
University, where he was interim 
dean of the Fogelman College of 
Business and Economics. 
Tuckman is excited about VCU's 
increasing partnership with the 
business community, which 
meshes with his own experience 
at Memphis State — also an urban 

university. Tuckman plans to 
generate more investment from 
corporations "by delivering a 
concrete product that businesses 
understand and businesses want 
to support." Possible "products" 
are an executive MBA program 
tailored to working professionals 
and a cooperative MBA/Health 
Sciences degree with the MCV 

Tuckman, an internationally 
recognized scholar in economics, 
feels that a collaborative business 
and health sciences program 
would be a creative use of VCU's 
resources that would generate 
research grants for the university, 
as well as valuable research. 
"There are not that many 
business schools in the U.S. that 
take a heahh-care focus," he says, 
and adds, "This issue is going to 
be with us at least through the 
year 2000." 

Throughout his career, 
Tuckman has combined teaching 
and scholarship with active 
service in public pohcy. In 1992 
he was one of two Americans 
appointed to a 31 -member 
United Nations commission on 
economic policy in Central and 
Eastern Europe — experience that 
dovetails with VCU's growing 
Russian connections. (See 


In a merger designed to promote 
closer collaboration among 
faculty, the Schools of Medicine 
and Basic Health Sciences are 
merging this year. 

Although the move was rec- 
ommended by consultants within 
the university and from other 
universities and medical schools, 
some faculty are concerned about 
a de-emphasis of health sciences. 
President Trani says, "That will 
not happen at all. Our real point 
is to strengthen the departments 
and the university." 

Leading research medical 
schools have close research rela- 
tionships between medicine and 
basic science faculty. In fact, most 
medical schools in the United 


In Spring 1993, VCU Magazine mailed a survey to 1 503 readers from both 
campuses. Of 456 who returned the survey, 62 percent hold degrees from 
the Academic Campus, and 2 percent from both campuses. Here's what 
you told us about the magazine: 

More than half (63 percent) of all respondents read all or some of the 
magazine; 28 percent more read a little of it. Most readers (75 percent) 
want to know the university's take on negative news about VCU; 6 
percent feel they may be able to help solve problems. Alumni found 
"news of the university" the most important purpose of the publication, 
at 2.7 on a scale of 1-3, above keeping alumni in touch or generating 
financial support for VCU. Several alumni wrote in student recruitment 
as equally important. 

Thirty-four percent felt a change in format was unnecessary; 10 
percent asked for less frequency balanced by more pages and color 
photos and illustrations. A resounding 88 percent were in favor of 
recycled paper. 

In another question, Academic Campus graduates ranked importance 
of coverage in these areas on a 1-5 scale: 
3.9-3.5 National and international recognition of the University; 
news of the Academic Campus; alumni news and activities, new academic 
programs, photos and art; academic departments and programs, news of 
individual alumni, and university problems. 

3.4-3.1 Special events on campus, a university calendar; faculty profiles, 
alumni submissions; news of construction and renovation. 
3.0-2.5 Letters to the editor, donations, and research grants; letter from 
VCU's president; administrative news, athletics, information about the 
MCV Campus; student groups and clubs. 

Readers comment: "Expand it." "Boring." "It's a cold magazine; spice 
it up." "A cohesive force." Print negative news "to clear up matters— not 
try to cover up or ignore them." 

Goingup. The groundbreaking was November 15, 1993 for a nine-story 
Medical Sciences Building at 13th and Marshall Streets. New labs, classrooms 
and offices will support faculty doing interdisciplinary basic and clinical 
research and teaching in health sciences. Part of the $26.3 million cost is 
funded by die 1 992 November state bond referendum. Researchers should 
move in by May 1 996. 












States combine those disciplines 
in one school. Closer interdisci- 
plinai^' collaboration will result in 
even better science and will make 
VCU more competitive for 
research grants. The two schools 
have been separate here since 


VCU and Virginia Polytechnic 
Institute and State University will 
collaborate to establish a School 
of Engineering at VCU. Tech 
faculty will set up the theoretical 
and practical framework and the 
curriculum. VCU is responsible 
for administration and for capital 
and general expenses in the devel- 
opment phase. Former Tech 
administrator Dr. Henry McGee 
was named associate provost, to 
lead curriculum development and 
faculty hiring. 

Two anonymous gifts have 
already been given to help launch 
the school. The largest single gift 
in VCU's history, $10 million, will 
be matched in a VCU campaign 

to fund the school. A distin- 
guished VCU faculty member has 
given another $250,000 for an 
endowed chair in biomedical 

"With Tech's engineering 
expertise and VCU's excellence in 
medicine and the sciences, the 
groundwork for a top-notch engi- 
neering school has been laid," 
said a beaming President Eugene 
Trani. The school will offer 
programs in electrical, mechanical 
and chemical engineering, as weU 
as the graduate biomedical engi- 
neering program already estab- 
lished at the MCV Campus. The 
school will also have an interac- 
tive teaching and research rela- 
tionship with the MCV Campus 
and the Virginia Biotechnology 
Research Park. 


On January 1, Dr. Richard Wilson 
moved fi'om the Division of 
Student Affairs to Provost Grace 
Harris's office as the university 
began restructuring student 
services as outlined in the 


The Southern Governors' Association, chaired by Governor Douglas 
Wilder, and African Heads of State met in Richmond in September to 
discuss trade and a report on the Euture of the South. During a televised 
town meeting at VCU on Sept. 22, 1993, 100 students from five local 
colleges asked the governors hard questions about health care reform, 
NAFTA, education and crime. 

In response to a VCU student's question on Clinton's health care 
package, the governors gave Clinton points for tackling "a very complicat- 
ed issue." Oklahoma's Walters stated the consensus strongly: "The status 
quo is a disaster." 

A question to Wilder asked what would replace Virginia's controver- 
sial plan for OBE (Outcomes Based Education). "Nothing, until we work 
with people to get community support." Wahers felt that OBE was mis- 
represented by its critics in Oklahoma; ultimately, he said, "about the the 
only thing we changed was the name." 


Nina Freidman Abady studied and 
taught in School of Social Work at 
Richmond Professional Institute and 
served on VCU's Board of Visitors 
fi-om 1984-92. She died Nov. 5, 1993 
at 69. For many years in Richmond, 
as a fund-raiser for the Virginia 
Opera and the Carpenter Center, or 
developing city celebrations like 
Friday Cheers, The Big Gig, and the 2 
Street Festival, Abady was indeed the 
life of the party. And those were great 
parties because of the serious vision 
underneath the bands and streamers. 
Abady saw the city as a multifac- 
eted community, a view honed in her years stud)'ing and teaching sociol- 
ogy at RPI and then at Virginia Union University. From teaching she 
moved to fundraising, for Union and for Virginia State University in 
Petersburg. Later as director of Downtown Presents, she worked to buUd 
an inclusive, connected sense of Richmond for all her fellow citizens. City 
Council member Geline Williams said that Abady "was a gift herself to 

the city.' 

Strategic Plan. Wilson, now vice 
provost for student affairs 
emeritus, had led VCU's Division 
of Student Affairs since 1970 — 
almost as long as the university 
has been VCU. A year ago he 
received the university's Riese- 
Mehon Award for contributions 
to cross-cuhural relations, includ- 
ing developing a minority student 
affairs office. Wilson will be 
working with Harris to bring 
student and academic life closer 
together. Dr. Henry Rhone, previ- 
ously assistant vice provost for 
student affairs, is now acting 
provost for the division. 


That's St. Petersburg, Russia, a 
center for more than 300 scientif- 
ic institutes. In the West's first 
exposition of Russian biotechnol- 
ogy, VCU played matchmaker to 
more than 100 Russian scientists 
and U.S. venture capitalists, 
medical and biotechnology repre- 
sentatives and trade specialists. 
MCV Campus November 13-15 
was sponsored by the Virginia 
Biotechnology Research Park and 
Virginia's Center for Innovative 
Technology, with the St. 
Petersburg Foundation for 

Scientific and Technological 
Development and the Russian 
Ministry for Nuclear Energy. 

The exposition is the logical 
next step in an ongoing exchange 
since 1990 between Russian scien- 
tists and VCU faculty. It's 
working, according to coverage in 
The Washington Post, Nov. 22, 
1993. Stephen Bent, an attorney 
who specializes in intellectual 
patents, commented that VCU 
has gone beyond promises. "VCU 
has made things happen, and the 
Russians trust them." 

Chief Crime-Buster. US Attorney 
General Janet Reno was on campus 
June 22 to address a forum spon- 
sored by Governor Douglas Wilder's 
Commission on Violent Crime. 



David Manning White taught on the 
facult)' of the School of Mass 
Communications from 1975-82. 
With his friend and colleague, then 
department chair George Crutchfield, 
he helped build national recognition 
for the school. White died in Rich- 
mond on December 9, 1993, at 76. 
White brought his own interna- 
tional reputation in journalism and 
publishing with him to VCU from 
Boston University. His book Mass 
Culture: The Popular Arts in America 
( 1957), not only coined a term but 
defined a field of academic study. A 
second textbook in 1958, Introduction to Mass Comnnmications Research, 
which he wrote with Ralph Nafziger was widely used. (His own favorite 
was a book he wrote on comics.) He was inducted into the Virginia 
Communications Hall of Fame in 1992. The School of Mass 
Communications named its library after White. He and his wife. Dr. 
Catherine Wallerstein White '88PhD/BH, established a Faculty 
Development Fund for the school. 

In typical understatement. White claimed to be "just a plain bloke," 
but his boyish energy and eager curiosity stayed fresh all his life. It led him 
into broadcast and print journalism all over the world, to write 20 books. 
After retirement he tried acting and fiction and even played with a band. 
White never stopped investigating life and and reporting what he found. 

Eye on Government 


That's what Phil Meggs '64BFA 
'71MFA/A, professor of commu- 
nication arts and design, is doing 
with the Citizens' Stamp Advisory 
Committee. Appointed members 
plow through thousands of sug- 
gested subjects a year to advise the 
Postmaster General and oversee 
the art and design once subjects 
are chosen. 

"Stamps become a focal point 
of a nation's consciousness," 
Meggs points out, noting that 
part of any stamp decision is 
"what would appeal to people." 
Meggs' presence should boost the 

design effectiveness of the com- 
mittee. Although Phil has come 
lately to stamps, his design credits 
include five books and over 100 
articles — and he's a contributing 
editor to Print, a major design 


The newest member of the VCU 
Board of Visitors is Sandra Maria 
Adair Vaughan, a tax investment 
lawyer and co-owner of 
Convenient Heahh Care in 
Petersburg. Vaughan is vice chair 
of the Petersburg School Board 
and ver}' active in the state and 
national School Board 
Associations. Thinking and acting 
both globally and locally, she 
ser\'es on several civic commit- 
tees — including the White House 
Task Force on Minorities and 
Communication. Adair graduated 
from Howard University with a 
BA in history and received her 
law degree in 1977 from 
Georgetown University. 

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Statewide elections are behind us. George Allen's victory not only marked 
the end of a twelve-year Democratic reign in the most coveted position in 
Virginia politics but also represented a dramatic rise in the fortunes of the 
Republican Part}'. Republicans gained sk seats in the House of Delegates 
and have narrowed the gap to only five votes (52-47). This means 
Governor Allen will be in striking distance of a working majority on a 
number of important issues. Link this with the slim majority Democrats 
hold in the Senate (22-18), and it is plain to see we have the makings of a 
viable two-part)' system. 

What happens now? George AUen must govern. He has selected most 
of his personal staff and all of his cabinet secretaries. Among his cabinet 
appointments there is a noticeable lack of experience in state government 
and state politics. One key exception is the reappointment of Paul 
Timmreck as Secretary of Finance. Timmreck, a career government 
official and budget expert, was a critically important choice. His knowl- 
edge of state finances and government operation may be the glue that 
holds Allen's administration together as they attempt to lead the state. 

Another complicating factor for Allen is that Democrats still control 
committees and can sidetrack his legislation. Of course, the Governor can 
veto legislation because Democrats will not be able to muster the two- 
thirds vote needed to override. 

1 doubt there will be much harmony between the parties during this 
legislative session. Republicans feel they are at most two years away from 
control of the General Assembly. Democrats will not go quietly and will 
be looking for legislative victories to bolster their chances in 1995. 

For our part, we will work to keep budget cuts as low as possible. At a 
minimum, we will try to make sure our employees are reasonably com- 
pensated. We will pursue fiinding for VCU's acquisition of the current 
Virginia State Library and seek to keep MCV Hospitals economically 
viable in a changing health care climate. 

Given budget problems and a testy political climate, we have an ambi- 
tious program. We encourage your support of VCU and its goals. For 
more information, contact the Governmental and Community Affairs 
Office at (804) 367-1235. 








FOUNDEfir DAY 1993 

(Top row, left to right) 





Thomas Mountcastle 

75 AS Information Systems 
'81 BSFinance/B 



James Fox 

73 AA, 74 BS, 79 MS Administration of 
Justice and Public Safety/C&PA 

(Third row, left to right) 


Dr. Charles "Ben" Bissell 

'81 Certificate in Patient Counseling/ AH 


Vu-ginia "Pemiy" Kirk 

'84 MSW/SW 



Dr. Richard Phipps 

'81 PhD Microbiology and Immunology/BH 

(Second row, left to right) 

Anthony Cokes 

'86 MFA Sculpture/A 


Woody Hanes 

'79 BSN/N, '87 MEd/E 


Dr. Keith Van Arsdalen 

'77 MD/M 

(Front row, left to right) 


Dr. Marie Smith 

'80 PharmD/P 


Dr. Richard Leatherman 

'79 BGS/NTS, '82 MEd, '87 PhD/E 


Dr. Diana McGinn 

'85 BGS/NTS, '87 MS/Psychology, "91 


James Boyd 

'77 MS Math/H8(S 


Thirteen alumni who have distinguished themselves 
in their professions, in their communities and in their 
work with the university were recognized at the sixth 
annual Founders' Day celebration. 

Dr. Frank Tortorella, director of VCU's Employee 
Health Services was master of ceremonies at the 
November 5 gathering of 270 faculty, staff and alumni 
at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Tortorella introduced 
thirteen recipients of the 1993 Alumni Star Award, and enter- Hl^ 
tained a very appreciative audience with playful good humor 
and wit. Later, exuberant Ban Caribe (right) played at the gala 
on campus. 

The Hon. Jeane Kirkpatrick (top) presented her appraisal of ^ 
foreign policy concerns related to the dismantling of the 
former Soviet Union. Earlier in the day. Dr. 
Kirkpatrick was the keynote speaker for a panel on 
social policy celebrating the School of Social Work's 
75th anniversary. 

Reflecting on Founders' Day one of this year's stars, 
Dr. Diana J. McGinn '85 BGS/NTS '87MS 
PhD'91/H8{S said "the alumni recognition ceremony 
gave me a sense of belonging to the university." The 
Founders' Day alumni recognition 
ceremony is the only university- 
wide event where faculty, staff and 
alumni from both campuses join 
together to honor alumni. 

Mark your calendar now for the 
1994 Founders' Day. We look 
forward to seeing you with us next 
year on November 4! 

SIP* w ■"■7,;.!* 



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When the rains came to the 
Midwest last summer, the world 
watched as the water rose. By 
official count, it rained for 44 of 
the 74 days Des Moines children 
were out of school this summer- 
beating Noah's biblical 40. 
Farflung VCU alumni reported 
from the flood zone. -^ 

Jim Meisner '93BS/MC and Amy 
Ruth '92BA/H&S moved to 
Coralville, Iowa near Iowa City in 
July. When they first arrived, they 
watched the Flood of '93 stories on 
local channels, but their new lives in 
CoralvUle were not affected yet. Then 
it began to rain again the day after 
they moved into their apartment. 
The four-lane thoroughfare known 
as "the strip" was reduced to one 
lane in each direction. The rising 
Iowa River closed Interstate 80. In 
mid-September, some roads were 
still closed. 

"We heard about the floods 
before we left Virginia," says Ruth. 
"But we weren't prepared to see 
water everywhere — in the streets, the 
fields under water." 

Within days Des Moines lost its 
water when the Raccoon River 
flowed over its dike and spilled nine 
feet of water into the treatment plant. 
Meanwhile, at the Coralville Dam on the Iowa River, the 
flood gates were closed for the first time in history. Bottled 
water became a valuable commodity in town even though 
officials said there was little chance that Coralville's water 
plant would be contaminated. 

Out of the steamer... Jim Meisner '93BS/MC and Amy Ruth '92BA/H&S 

ihcerftilly left a Richmond July and nrrivfd in the Great Flood of '93. 

Chealsea morning, summer 1993. After months of surreal waterscapes, the 
entire town considered moving to higher ground an eighth of a mile away — 
which would take ! 5 years. 

But the water kept rising. 

By the time their city had been declared a federal disaster 
area, the couple had settled into a system of filling every 
container in the house — even the bathtub and sinks it it was 
raining hard — every night. Meisner was reporting on the 
flood for a weekly newspaper 46 miles away, and Ruth was 
getting ready for graduate school at the University ot Iowa. 
But the "normal routine" was a hit-or-miss illusion. 

"Life here took on a surreal quality," says Meisner. While 

dozens of people 
worked reinforcing a 
sandbag wall, a block 
away life looked as 
calm as the campus at 
VCU. Volunteers 
tilled sandbags in the 
park across the street 
from our apartment 
as children played in 
the swimming pool." 
Ruth adds, "There 
were always people 
filling sandbags. Many 
of them were airlifted 
to Des Moines." 

Meisner and Ruth 
volunteered with the 
Red Cross and civil 
defense, who had 
more help than they 
could use. "We were 
around number 60 on 
both auxiliary lists." 
As tall semester approached, Ruth listened to hear 
whether Iowa's classes would start on time. "Some build- 
ings were closed all summer," she says. "One dorm was 
completely flooded, and students who were supposed to live 
there stayed with faculty and staff or crowded six together 
in a lounge in another dorm." 

As flood waters slowly receded last fall, Coralville began 
the clean-up. But other nearby towns were hit harder. 

"The town of Chelsea is stiO struggling with what to do," 
says Ruth. "They're talking about moving the whole town 
an 1/8 of a mile to higher ground. It would take them 15 
years to do it." 

Meisner and Ruth are looking forward to learning what 
their new home is like without the flooding. But it may take 
a while. "We're having trouble finding places we've been to 
before. What were lakes when we moved here are farmland 
and pastures again." 

In the face of destruction and loss, people hung onto a 
saving sense of humor. Ruth quotes a sign at a local pizza 
restaurant that read, "Sitting on the dock of the buffet." 
People were fishing cheerfully in parking lots — often 
wearing t-shirts with the comment, "Iowa — Field of 

During the disaster in the Midwest, alumni in Richmond 
were not just watching it all on television. Luke Punk 
'90BS/MC, a reporter for WRIC Channel 8, wanted to par- 
ticipate in relief efforts. WRIC collected donated food and 
arranged to send it to flood areas. By the time the trucks left 
Richmond, Funk had already headed west to lend a hand 
and was waiting for the convoy when it arrived. 

Funk spent a week in Hannibal, Missouri, high and dry 
on the banks of Mark Twain's river. Across the Mississippi, 
the little town of East Hannibal, Illinois, was completely 



under water. Funk thought at first that it was all just the 
river. "Then you realize you're in a boat going over people's 
houses. There was no town there, just the tops of trees." 

Another surprise was that more people didn't get sick. 
"There could have been serious problems," he says. "The 
water was nasty, filled with sewage. And when the water 
receded a bit, people could barely go into their houses. The 
smell was atrocious because they'd been under water for 

What impressed Funk the most was the humanity of the 
residents. He was fascinated with one young man who 
spent his time after work making trips across the river in his 
boat. His mission was to take care of the town's pets, left 
behind during the evacuation. 

"He would leave food on the tops of 
the houses for the cats up in the trees. 
And there was one high spot of dry 
ground where he put the dogs he 
rescued and he would feed them. Since 
it was a small town, he knew the animals 
and would come back and tell people 
that their pets were safe." 

Funk also noted that residents were 
not bitter about the destruction. Even 
those who lost homes and businesses 
often had the attitude that once it was 
over, they'd get in there and start to 

Leite also lost electricity for two days when the substa- 
tions were flooded. "You couldn't cook much and had to 
throw out all the food in the refrigerator. Also you had to 
use paper plates because there wasn't much water to wash 
dishes. You had to make do." 

Aside from the inconvenience of no water or power, the 
thing that impressed Leite most was the cooperation she 

"There were 17 water distribution sites set up that first 
day," she says. "When the levies were threatened, people 
sandbagged and saved one treatment plant. People deliv- 
ered water to the elderly and made sure they were okay. 
Busch and other bottlers canned water and sent it through. 
All the jurisdictions cooperated. It was amazing." 

Sallie Taylor 
tional therapy) 

On the scene. Reporter 
Rii-hmond's WRIC and 

Mary Leite '81MS/C&PS works for the 
Iowa Department of Natural Resources 
in Des Moines. Professionally and per- 
sonally, Leite had to manage the para- 
doxical effects of an »/matural abun- 
dance of resources. Residents lost 
running water for 12 days and drinking water for 19. "It's 
amazing," she says, "how much you depend on water and 
take it for granted." 

The situation called for creativity. 

"When it rained people collected water for washing. You 
could soap up and rinse off I washed my hair in the rain. 
Luckily we never lost our sewage system." 

Her main concern at work during the water outage was 
not drinking water — bottles and cans were delivered to her 
building. And no air conditioning in a building where the 
windows didn't open was only an inconvenience. "We had 
a lot of meetings in the lobby near the open doors." 

What she really worried about was the lack of fire sprin- 
klers. "There was a bad fire the first night we lost water, and 
they couldn't put it out. There was no water in the 

After that first night, the city kept pump trucks filled and 
put an emergency plan into operation. "The hydrants were 
the first thing they pressurized once they got the system 
flushed out. An incredible number of people banded 
together to get the water system up and running once they 

Luke Funk '90BS/MC covered the flood for 
helped with relief efforts in Hannibal, Missouri. 

describes the 
summer of 1993 
simply — 
"Dreadful." She 
lives in St. Louis 
where parts of the 
city were watery 
wastelands. The 
bridges were out of 
commission for six 
to eight weeks, and 
water lapped at the 
top step of the 
famous St. Louis 

"Many people 
were out of work 
because their offices were flooded, and others couldn't work 
because they had to monitor their homes and their 
families," says Taylor. 

Although her own home was safe, her mother-in-law's 
apartment filled with 39 inches of water in a few hours, a 
casualty of a flash flood. "The water came in overnight, then 
went out just as fast. But it took two months even to get the 
apartment back to a livable state." 

The work continues for people who watched the flood 
water recede from their homes after months of inundation. 
"They have to start all over, tearing out walls, taking houses 
down to the bare bones. The water left silt all over every- 
thing. I wonder if they'll ever get the smell out." 

As in other cities, people pulled together to combat the 
devastation. "They came from all over town, from other 
towns, even from other countries to help. I was impressed 
with how hard people worked. A few weeks ago the water 
rose again. People were so weary, but they kept working." 

And the aid efforts continue. Taylor and others were 
especially touched by the children of St. Louis. "It affected 
the children a lot," she says. "They didn't have homes, 
they lost all their toys. There was a drive to collect new toys. 


And when school started, people bought an extra set of 
school supplies for children who didn't have any. Everyone 
pitched in." 

The impact of the flood will not vanish as the waters 
recede. In St. Louis there is still evidence of the summer's 
destruction. "It was a dreadful thing to see," says Taylor. 
"Things are a long way from being back to normal." 

Dr. David Berry '79BS/BH(bio- 
chemistry) was surprised when he 
woke up one bright Des Moines 
Sunday morning and didn't have 
running water. 

"I knew there was a tremendous 
amount of water out there. Fields 
were under 10 to 12 feet of it." Still, 
looking at the sky. Berry found it 
hard to believe. "There had been lots 
of rain, but the weather was so nice 
after the rain," he says. 

"It comes down to basics when 
you lose your water," Berry contin- 
ues. "One thing is you have to flush 
the toilets, and it takes two gallons 
every time. We'd go out every 
morning and collect water from the 
drainage ditches and ponds in any bucket we could get. 
After a while we were only using one gallon. And everyone 
had to do it. You'd see all sorts of people out there." 

The Berry family would then go to the nearest water 
point with their milk jugs and containers. They'd bring 
home around ten gallons of water for drinking and washing 
dishes. Usually their water gathering efforts took them two 
hours every day. 

Berry, who recently decided to change careers and is now 
in medical school, says hospitals were especially hard hit by 
the lack of water. 

"They had 55-gallon drums of water on carts that the 
nurses had to push around. Each room had a bucket for the 
toilet. Doctors couldn't do any surgery except emergencies 
because they couldn't sterilize the instruments — they had to 
be sent out to be sterilized. And it takes a lot of water for 
doctors to wash their hands. 

Birdland. Only tlic trcftop: 
Birdland Park. Mary Leite 
some unconventional clean 

"When the power was out, the hospital operated on 
emergency generators. They discharged everyone they 
possibly could." 

But one sight that gave Berry comfort during the worst 
of the flooding was the presence of the National Guard. 
"These guys gave me a sense of security," Berry says. "They 
were helping with sandbags, directing traffic — taking care 

of us. It's nice to 
know they're around 
when you need 

He also credits 
the Iowa spirit for 
making the worst 
seem more bearable. 
"People took care of 
themselves and their 
neighbors. Everyone 
was friendly and 
cooperative. They 
came together to 
deal with it." 
They're stiO 
dealing with it. 

"Some people got 
flooded three times or 
more. They'd just get cleaned up and were flooded again. 
Some neighborhoods have been condemned. And there's an 
area where the ground is so wet, people's houses are sliding 
down the hill. One farmer told me he was up on a high 
ridge and it was covered with algae because the ground is so 

And because the soil is soaked, the forecast for the usual 
spring flooding is worse than normal. But Des Moines is 
taking steps. They're rebuilding levies higher than 
summer's flood stage and building more. And hoping it 
won't happen again. 

Of the thousands who lost their homes last summer. 
Berry says, "Those who were hit, were hit hard. It's impos- 
sible to comprehend how it feels." 


^ arc left above the waterlinc in Des Moines' 
'81MS/C&PS and her fellow residents devised 
water acts — like shampooing in the rain. 




Richard Carlyon '53 BFA '63 MFA/A hates the 
word entertainer, when apphed to him. He 
squirms in his chair at the thought. 

"I know people mean to be comphmenta- 
ry," he says, "but I don't see my teaching as 

In 1993 the College Art Association recog- 
nized Carlyon with its Award for Distinguished 
Teaching of Art, citing his unique and creative 
approach. Other recipients in other catergories 
included painter William de Kooning and 
architect Robert Venturi. 

Carlyon may dislike — no, loathe— the label 
entertainer, but like a good performer Carlyon's 
success in the classroom not only comes from 
lots of preparation but from also reading the 
crowd. Working the crowd may come naturally 
to Carlyon, but he remembers it largely growing 
outof necessity in 1969. 

Carlyon showed up for work in the Fall of 
1969 to find he no longer worked at Richmond 
Professional Institute. Over the summer VCU 
was born and nothing was ever the same. 

"The school exploded with students," he 
says. "I had 503 students assigned to my 
Introduction to Art class and no room big 
enough to hold them." 

VCU rented the old Capital Theatre in the 
train station (now the Science Museum). A 
rented city bus carted students from campus to 
the makeshift classroom 40 at a time. 

"I needed to find a way to pass the time 
until the entire class arrived," says Carlyon. He 
began to ask them about their likes and dislikes, 
musical tastes and so on. 

"They were surprised the day I began to play 
their music back to them. Prior to this period in 
time, universities prescribed education. In the 
sixties the educational process began to relate to 
the experiences of students." 

Over the years Carlyon has continued to try 
to relate to students and to get to, as he puts it, 
their generational understanding. The challenge 
to keep up with his students continues and has 
become more intense. 

"Communication has become largely elec- 
tronic and very fast," says Carlyon. "Young 
people have more access to information, 
because they have more time." Unlike some 
people who are befuddled by VCRs and proud 
of it, Carlyon welcomes the changes. "The elec- 
tronic age is not to be feared, but simply under- 

, Carlyon remembers being caught unaware 
of a recent trend, when he asked a student to 
explain his artwork. The student replied. 

"word." And the class laughed. "I knew I missed 
something major," says Carlyon. 

"Language is reinvented to deal with the 
changes in our environment. The students were 
using 'word' to mean everything is possible." 
Getting at what students mean is the heart 
of Carlyon's teaching. "I want to take my 
students from knowing what they want to 
knowing what they mean," he says. Then, he 
adds, they will be much more consistent in their 
work and more clear in their expressions. 
Carlyon has been consistent is his art 
work over the years. "I have done 
what is necessary to keep 
things interesting for me 
and my students, and 

that involves maintaining 

a rigorous studio disci- 
pline," he says. 

Carlyon cites VCU's 

commitment to the art 

faculty as the legacy of RPI. 

"I was hired in the com- 
mercial art department as 

an artist and was expected 

to continue as an artist." 
He has. Carlyon has 

received five faculty research 

grants, participated in 43 

group exhibitions and 12 solo 

shows throughout his career. 

He asks the question, then 

attempts to answer it. "I have 

remained part of the process over the years," he 


His latest solo exliibition opened last fall at 

the new 1708 Gallery. Ever expanding his 

world, Carlyon says his next show will be 

nothing like his last. 








Stephen O'Brien '72MEd/E is acting 
director of the federal Blue Plibbon 
Schools program. "Blue Ribbon Schools" 
share at least one characteristic. "They all 
have a very caring atmosphere," says 
O'Brien. "That's not just 'educa- 
tionalese.' It is really important to 
students and parents to see that faculty 
and administrates are caring people." 

VCU's School of Education celebrates 
its 30fh anniversary this year, a celebra- 
tion of caring professionalism at every 
level. The energy and warmth of VCU 
alumni touches students in hundreds of 
classrooms and radiates through princi- 
pals and state and national administra- 
tors like O'Brien. There are 1,200 educa- 
tion students enrolled this year. Of the 
367 who earned degrees last June, 330 
were graduate degrees, most of those 
going to classroom teachers in the five- 
year master's program in teacher educa- 
tion. Eleven 1993 graduates earned 
doctorates from the school's program 
in urban services. 

Good Timing. JoAnim Buckner times a child's 
learning to readiness. "1 try to take each of them 
where they are and develop the best of whoever 
they are. " 

Dean John Oehler points out that 
"We are a member of the Holmes Group 
of 90 major research universities in the 
United States. Our faculty develop 
research and service projects with imme- 
diate benefits for local schools and long- 
term effects as models for the whole 
country. These can range from restruc- 
turing the state math curriculum 
through the Virginia Math Coalition (a 
joint venture with VCU's math depart- 
ment) to innovative peer mentoring by 
VCU students for middle-schoolers in 
Project BEST." 

In any case, classroom teaching is 
where it happens, that bond between 
student and teacher that turns kids on to 
learning. JoAnna Buckner '6 IBS 
'89MEd/E teaches third grade at Swift 
Creek Elementary in Chesterfield 
County. She knew she was going to be a 
teacher when she was in the fifth grade. 
"I love teaching," she says. "I love 
working with children and seeing their 
lights go on." 

Buckner is particularly proud of her 
classroom success with math. Her 
approach is simple, but effective. "Every 
year I try to take each of the children 
where they are and develop the best of 

As the 

School of 



its 30th 



turn kids on 

to learning 



Ten years ago Dr. Paul Wehman had a 

better idea. His concept of "supported 

employment" means that people with 

severe disabilities like mental retardation 

can work in the mainstream "Job 
coaches" help them find and learn appro- 
priate jobs. Now there are 2,700 
programs in supported employment 
across the countn/. Japanese business 
and researchers have an ongoing 
exchange with VCU's Rehabilitation 
Research and Training Center, which 
Wehman directs, "it's not often that an 
academic gets to make a difference in the 
real world," he says "Our work has sig- 
nificantly changed the lives of thousands 
of people." In 1992, Wehman received 
the Distinguished Service Award from the 
President's Committee on Employment 
for People with Disabilities. Last October, 
the RRTC received its third five-year grant 
from the U.S. Department of Education 
for $3.3 million. Wehman and the RRTC 
are lointly based in the Departments of 
Special Education and Physical Medicine 
and Rehabilitation. 

whoever they are. There's a sign that 
hangs in my classroom with a quote 
from Shakespeare. It says, ' Tis the mind 
that gives the body worth.' That's a very 
significant statement to have children of 
today remember." 

In 31 years of teaching, Buckner has 
seen children change fi-om viewing 
school as the highlight of their day to 
having to sandwich it in among daycare, 
piano lessons and Cub Scouts. She has 
seen parents increasingly struggle to 
fulfill their home and work responsibili- 
ties and stiU have time to work with the 
school. And she has seen public school 
systems grow from the small family 
feeling of years ago to the multi-layered 
bureaucracies of today, where demands 
for paperwork and additions to curricu- 
lum increase every year. 

It's tougher. It's more complex. But 
teaching for Buckner is still more than 
just a job. It's who she is. She is active 
professionally in numerous organiza- 
tions — "including all the EAs," she 
smiles. She works with the Richmond 
Area Reading council, the Richmond 
Council of Math Teachers and the 
School of Education's Alumni Board. 

In the classroom, Buckner says, "I try 
to be very positive every day. And I 
honor students' mistakes, then help 
them turn that mistake into something 

Fourth-graders in class with Deborah 
D'Alessandro '77BS '84MEdyE at 
Pinchbeck Elementary in Henrico 
County get stories with their lessons. "I 
like to tie in stories about what I'm doing 
at home with what we are learning. I 
teach through storytelling," says 
D'Alessandro. "My kids know me as a 
person, not just a teacher," she adds, 
which makes for a warmer classroom. 
And a successful one. 

In 1989 D'Alessandro won an REB 
Award for Teaching Excellence spon- 
sored by the REB and Community 
Foundations. The School of Education 
honored her as their Founders' Day Star 
for 1990. 

An open book. The real excitement of Deborah 
D'Alessandro's $10,000 REB grant to study 
dolphins and manatees in Florida was sharing 
that with her fourth-graders. "This is just mypiaec 
in the world, " she says happily. 

The REB Award recognizes and 
supports public school teachers for 
"inspiring performance in the class- 
room." Finalists must write a proposal 
describing what they would do with a 
grant of up to $10,000 to enhance their 
own teaching and to share their experi- 
ence with other teachers. 

D'Alessandro used her award to 
attend a one-week class at the Dolphin 
Research Center in Grassy Key, Florida 
during spring break. That summer she 
served a six-week internship in Florida, 
dividing her time between U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Services, Sea World, and Florida 
Audubon Society's Save the Manatee 

"I was nervous when I wrote my 
proposal," she says. "What if I went to 
Florida to fulfill my dream of swimming 
with the dolphins and working vWth 
manatees and found out this is what I 
would really rather be doing instead of 
teaching? But I learned in the process 



that the excitement for me was in 
coming back and knowing I could share 
this with my kids. This is just my place in 
the world. I feel I was meant to be a 

Lonnie Tumage '81MEd/E is another 
educator who would not trade jobs with 
anyone. Now in his third year as princi- 
pal at Whitcomb Model Elementary in 
Richmond, he counts himself lucky that 
he began in the same year the Richmond 
School Leadership Academy came to city 

Funded by a Rockefeller Foundation 
Grant, the academy is a partnership 
between VCU's School of Education, 
Richmond Public Schools and the 
Southern Education Foundation. 
Partnership, in fact is basic to the 
academy, a project to restructure the ele- 
mentary school environment. Leadership 
teams at each school include teachers, 
guidance counselors, curriculum special- 
ists, staff, parents, neighborhood 

leaders — and a VCU faculty member. 
The entire school community gets 
involved to make decisions for students. 
That's what it takes to move schools 
toward new ways of supporting students 
at risk. In two-to-five-day workshops off- 
site, teams study and practice shared 
decision-making, team building, school 
restructuring and instructional change. 
Then they take the process back to 

"Lm very fortunate that I was 
appointed principal at Whitcomb before 
I had the traditional principal experi- 
ence," Turnage says. "In the traditional 
role the principal is a business manager. 
My role here is to be a facilitator, to 
empower other people to be as creative 
as they can, and to enhance their perfor- 
mance by providing resources, especially 
staff development and training. Our 
team is so sharp, and so well-versed in 
what the school needs, that they never 
made a decision in my absence that I 


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Dr Judy Wood is in special education to 
help kids. A lot of kids. Her Project PRO- 
FESSOR trains the college and university 
teachers who teach the teachers (and 
administrators), reaching schools and 
classrooms in 12 states. Through the five 
books she has written or co-written and 
her speeches at national meetings, she 
reaches even more. For Project PROFES- 
SOR, Wood leads three-day institutes on 
college campuses. She presents ways 
teachers can help students at-risk and 
those with special needs do well in main- 
stream classrooms "We've all had times 
when we were at risk in our lives," she 
points out Strategies might be teaching 
techniques or adapting the physical envi- 
ronment so a student can function and 
learn And they are learning "I've seen 
children with disabilities become National 

Honor Students," Wood says. Project 
PROFESSOR, developed with Dean John 
Oehler, is federally funded for four years 
for $460,000. Wood plans for the project 

to grow into a Supportive Education 

Institute at VCU to help the campus and 




"No one is born a leader; these are skills 
we all learn, from parents, coaches, 
bosses " And some of us learn them 
from Richard Leatherman '79BGS/NTS 
'82MEd 'ByPhD/E, founder and CEO of 
International Training Consultants and a 
Founders' Day Star for 1993- His 
company offers 23 different training 
modules in aspects of leadership, market- 
ing these multimedia "tool kits" to busi- 
nesses in Canada, Holland, Australia, 
Mexico and South Africa as well as in the 
United States Clearly, Leatherman had 

no problem "empowering" himself. 
During the 20 years between starting his 
RPI bachelor's in 1957 and graduating 
from VCU. he rose quickly to head 
training and development for the Electro- 
Products division of 3M Company in 
Minnesota, In 1974 he returned to 
Richmond to start his own company and 
to finish that degree at night- "Then I 
realized," he says, "that the School of 
Education was doing a lot of interesting 
things." Why not get a master's in three 
years? And why not a PhD in the new 
urban services program? A typical VCU 

story— and the university has served 

Leathermans' family equally well, with 

7-7 degrees among them- (Class of '94 

coming up). "We're a very VCU family," 

he beams. 


differed with when I returned." 

One of Tumage's first tasks was to 
change the wide-spread negative percep- 
tion of Whitcomb. Drawing its students 
from Whitcomb Court, a Richmond 
public housing community with a repu- 
tation for rampant crime, the school had 
serious discipline problems and ranked 
last among city elementary schools in all 
objective measurements. 

The week before I came on board," 
says Turnage, "I was at school when a 
yoimg fellow rode up on his bicycle. He 
told me, 'I used to go here, but not 
anymore. My mama is sending me to 
another school because this school is 
bad. People fight here.' I told him, 'No, 
not anymore. I'm the new principal and 
we won't have fighting here anymore.'" 

Turnage has made good on his 
promises. Whitcomb has changed. 
Changes the city can count, and changes 
teachers and students can feel. 

In his first year at Whitcomb, 
Turnage suspended 35-40 students for 
fighting. This year he has suspended only 
two, and expects to keep the number 
below ten for the 
entire year. In 1991- 
92, teachers were 
absent 334 days. 
Last year the 
number was cut to 
236, and Turnage 
expects it to drop 
another 25 percent 
in this school year. 
Test scores have 
improved so that 
Whitcomb is no 
longer at the bottom 
on city-wide mea- 
surements, and 
Turnage is deter- 
mined to keep his 
school moving up 
the ladder. 

"I want everyone 
to know that our 
location has nothing 
to do with the 
quality of education 
our students receive. 
We are doing things 
differently now. The 
leadership academy 
gives us the training 

to understand people empowerment. 
And it gives us contact with VCU, one of 
the richest resources I can imagine." 

Dr. Michael Davis, professor of early 
childhood education, spends one day a 
week at Whitcomb as a member of the 
School Planning Management Team. He 
is one of VCU's Community Service 
Associates, partnerships that lend univer- 
sity expertise to community organiza- 
tions. Since VCU President Trani estab- 
lished the program three years ago,nearly 
100 faculty in fields from business to the 
arts have participated. From the School 
of Education, 1 5 faculty have been 
Community Associates in 3 1 placements. 

At Whitcomb, Davis is impressed 
with the changes in emotional climate he 
has witnessed in little over two years the 
academy has been in place. "It feels good 
when you walk in the door," he says. 

One of the greatest successes is the 
development of the Parent Resource 
Room and the hiring of a full-time 
parent coordinator. By offering services 
like GED classes in the building, "coffee 
chats" for any parent who wants to meet 

Teamwork. Principal Lonnic Turnage and School of Education professor 
Dr. Michael Davis are part of the school management team — which includes 
teachers and parents — that's transforming Whitcomb Model Elementary. 
Scores are up, absenteeism is down. Turnage is excited about the team and 
access to VCU, "one of the richest resources I can imagine. " 



informally with school staff, and training 
for parents who want to volunteer at 
school, Whitcomb is pulling in parents 
who might otherwise stay away. 

Davis says, "I was in the parent room 
yesterday when a mother walked in with 
her eight-year-old daughter. The mother 
told her, 'We come in here to talk and 
have meetings with Mr. Turnage, and we 
read here.' The girl stopped and said, 
'You read here? I thought you just drank 
coffee.' To me that says the school is 
sending a message to parents that they 
are a part of the school. The parents in 

Educating a city. ''School has the role of educating not only out tndtnt but 
society," says Petersburg School Superintendent Dr. Germain Fauntltio}. Htr 
schools link learning to job and life skills tlirough night school, courses at 
housing developments, mentoring programs, and advanced classes in math, 
business and foreign languages. 

turn send a message to their children that 
they learn just like the children do, rein- 
forcing what the school is trying to do. 
Without those services to parents, that 
kind of modeling will not take place." 

Dr. Germaine Fauntleroy '91 PhD/E, 
superintendent of Petersburg Public 

Schools since November 1992, agrees 
that education must involve adults as 
well as children. She says, "A good edu- 
cational system is one that will attract 
businesses to our city and one that vM 
provide educated personnel for those 
businesses. School has the role of educat- 
ing not only our students, but society. 
We try to have good and effective night 
schools to get adults involved. We also 
offer GED classes during the day, and 
have put programs in housing develop- 
ments so those parents can take advan- 
tage of the course work." 

Fauntleroy sees 
her role as making 
sure every child in 
the system receives a 
meaningful educa- 
tion. "The only way 
we can do that is 
with caring and 
competent adminis- 
trators and teachers. 
One person cannot 
change what is hap- 
pening in education. 
But if I empower 
others to be creative 
and innovative, then 
with the help of 
parents, we shall see 
positive change." 

Petersburg is seeing 
positive change, and 
lots of it. How? By 
programs like Best 
Friends, a mentor- 
ing project that 
pairs adult women 
with 90 girls from 
grades 6-12 to 
encourage the girls 
to remain sexually 
inactive. By devel- 
oping a new student 
intervention plan to 
help children with 
behavioral problems stay in school rather 
than be suspended. By putting up-to- 
date computer technology in drafting 
and business classes and increasing the 
numbers of students in advanced math, 
science and foreign language classes. By 
creating a school only for sixth-graders. 


Helping kids develop literary competence 

IS the |ob of 1 50,000 language arts 
teachers and professors, members of the 
National Council of Teachers of English. 
VCU's Dr Leila Christenbuny/ is the editor 
of English Journal, the mam professional 
journal for NCTE "A hot issue, "says 
Christenbury, "is 'authentic assess- 
ment' — how do you really measure 
writing and speaking skills? We keep 
saying we have to teach people to think; 

but multiple-choice questions on 
grammar won't test that. Alternatives like 
portfolios of writing let students demon- 
strate what they can do" Chnstenbury's 
book on teaching English, Making the 
Journey, came out last fall. 



In ordinary life, Susan Nunemaker 
'65BS/H8iS'68MEd/E is a guidance coun- 
selor at Dinwiddle Middle School. She 
enters another dimension as state 
director for Odyssey of the Mind, an inter- 
national competition in problem-solving 

for kids K-12 "The most interesting 

thing," she says, "is how differently kids 

solve the same problem." One standout 

solution came from a Division III team 

from Poquosom, Virginia Their ingenious 

18-gram balsa wood structure held more 

than 1200 pounds. It wowed engineering 

students and set a world record "The 

college kids couldn't believe what they 

were seeing," Nunemaker says proudly. 

The Virginia competition on campus at 

VCU April 30 will bring students from 

Department of Defense Schools in Cuba, 

Newfoundland and Bermuda as well 

as the state. 

And by working with other city agencies 
to reduce the drop-out rate fi'om 13 to 5 

Knowing what works in schools is 
Stephen O'Brien's specialty at the U.S. 
Department of Education. The Blue 
Ribbon Schools Program outlines 
criteria for total school excellence and 
recognizes schools across the country 
that meet those criteria. What makes a 
standout? Strong, visionary leadership; a 
sense of shared purpose among students, 
teachers, parents and community; 
opportunities for teacher development; 

Blue-Ribbon Schools. Stephen < > Itih-ii n not dta-oiirit^cit abotit our icliooli. 
His Blue-Ribbon Schools program at the U.S. Department of Education finds 
success stories everfnvhere. "Only 34 percent of our 260 awardees are 
suburban. Forty-mne percent are from large cities, and 16 percent are rural. " 

each student. AH students have an equal 
opportunity to learn everything. "Our 
award-winning schools would never pass 
along a kid because he's 15 and in the 
seventh grade. Wlien he graduates, that 
kid would know what he's supposed to 
know. There's a high school in San 
Antonio that is 90 percent Hispanics 
from the inner city. They have a gradua- 
tion rate of 98 percent and very high test 
scores. That's the kind of school we are 
looking for." 

Winston Churchill once quipped, 
"I'm easily satisfied vWth the best." 

Alumni of VCU's 
School of Education 
know that real satis- 
faction comes from 
finding the best in 
each student, not 
just top performers. 
O'Brien puts it this 
way. "The best 
schools we have do 
not crush people 
when they fail. They 
call students to 
succeed and cele- 
brate their success, 
but if they fail they 
are helped back up 
to try again." 

programs that challenge gifted, average 
and at-risk students; and evidence of 
impressive academic achievement and 
responsible student behavior. 

"It's important to set up criteria in 
this country for total school excellence," 
O'Brien contends. "The BRS program 
does that. Just by filling out the nomina- 
tion package and seeing what we 
consider to be excellent, schools are 
called to be successful." Ideas from 
award-winners can translate to other 
schools to help their students succeed. 
And he means all other schools. 

"Some people assume that our 
winners are middle-class, suburban 
schools and say, 'What do you expect?'" 
O'Brien says. "But only 34 percent of our 
260 award winners this year are 
suburban. Forty-nine percent are from 
large cities, and 16 percent are rural." 

O'Brien argues that part of the caring 
atmosphere essential to success is the 
school's respect for and obligation to 




School of Education alumni shoidd check 
reunion schedide of events on the inside back 
cover for their 30th anniversary reception. 




♦William Fones Jr '59BS/B 

earned a Master of Valuation 
Science degree from Lindenwool 
College in Saint Charles, MO. In 
1992 he was retained to assist with 
field research, curatorial notes 
and arranging a 750 lot exhibit on 
tobacco art and advertisements to 
be shown at the Museum of 
Decorative Arts at the Louvre in 
Paris. The exhibit was shown May 
through September, 1992. 

Felix Charles Gotschalk 
'54BS/H&S; '56MS/H&S is living 
in Winston-Salem, NC and has 
written a new book titled Three 
Freudian Plays which is available 
by contacting him. 

♦Patricia Royal Parkinson 
'56MS/H&S has been named a 
director at large on the American 
Cancer Society's National Board 
of Directors. A volunteer for the 
American Cancer Society for 22 
years, Patricia has also volun- 
teered with and received awards 
from the United Negro College 
Fund and the YWCA. She is a 
past president of Virginia Press 
Women, the Old Dominion 
chapter of the Public Relations 
Society of America and the 
Richmond PubUc Relations 
Association. She and her husband 
Herbert live in Topping, VA. 

1 960s 

Lawrence "Lonny" Blake 
'87BS/B was honored by the 
Southside Virginia Legal Services 
as one of two 1992 Pro Bono 
Attorneys of the Year. Lonny has 
represented, at no cost, more than 
50 low income residents in the 
greater Tri-Cities area since 1985. 
Blake received his law degree 
from the T.C. Williams Law 

School and practices with a 
private firm in Prince George, 

J. Andree' Brooks '68BFA/A 
was appointed executive director 
of the lulian Stanley Wise 
Foundation in March. Before 
joining the Wise Foundation, 
Andree' was a public relations 
officer for Allstate Insurance 
Company's Regional Operation 
Center in Roanoke. The Wise 
Foundation is a nonprofit organi- 
zation dedicated to the promo- 
tion and support of emergency 
sen'ices in this country. Andree' 
lives in Lynchburg. 

Christopher Burnside 
'69BFA/A performed his latest 
work "Fort Head" in August at 
VCU's Hodges Theater. The solo 
dance is about his stint in the 
army during the Vietnam Era. 
Chris chairs VCU's dance depart- 

George DeMille '68BS/1V1C is 
the owner of DeMille& 
Associates, a marketing commu- 
nications agency primarily 
involved in promotional planning 
and implementation of promo- 
tions for new package goods and 
products. George wonders what 
ever happened to the rest of his 
class and would like to be in 
touch with them. He can be 
reached through his company in 

William Johnson '69BS/B has 
been recognized by the American 
Institute for Chartered Property 
and Casualty Underwriters as 
qualifying for the Continuing 
Professional Development 
Program. William is a Senior 
Programmer/ Analyst with the 
Atlantic Mutual Companies in 
Roanoke, where he and wife 
Susan live. 

*Vicki Livingston '63BFA/A 
had a solo exhibit of her acr)'lic 

paintings at the Stewart Gallery of 
the Palos Verdes Art Center in 
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. "Icon 
Series" ran August 6 through 
September 25. Livingston has also 
shown her work in Richmond, 
New York and Los Angeles. She 
lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. 
♦Edward Livesay '65BS/B has 
been promoted to business 
manager for moldable materials 
under the Specialty Insulations 
Division at SchuUer International, 
Inc. Edward is responsible for 
sales and marketing of insulating 
products worldwide. He lives in 

♦Owen Maiden '67BS/B was 
promoted to corporate director, 
industrial security for Reynolds 
Metals Company. Owen joined 
Reynolds in 1976 and has received 
several promotions before 
reaching his current position. 
Owen lives in Richmond. 

James O'Brien '69MS/H&S 
received the 1993 Distinguished 
Scholar in Psychology Award 
from the Virginia Social Science 
Association. James was also 
elected President of The Virginia 
Academy of Science, the nation's 
fifth largest state science associa- 
tion. Presently a professor of psy- 
chology at the Virginia Beach 
campus of Tidewater Communit)' 
College, lames lives in Norfolk 
with his wife and two sons. 

Kenny Schuster '69BS/E, an 
active member of the Washington 
County Historical Society in 
Abingdon, VA, uses living history 
sketches to teach area school 
children and civic groups about 
historical characters of the area. 
Henny recently appeared as Sarah 
Preston Campbell, wife of 
General Francis Preston, in the 
Martha Washington Inn. She has 
has portrayed several other char- 
acters including a servant girl in 
early Abingdon, an 1803 
Abingdon resident and Mrs. l.E.B, 


Mary Sullivan Adamek 

'77BS/A graduated from the 
University of Minnesota in May 
with a PhD in music education 


On September 1 1 , the VCU 
Alumni Association Board of 
Directors held its first meeting 
of the 1993-94 academic year. 
President Tram addressed the 
board with the university's prior- 
ities including implementating 
the new strategic plan and 
strengthening VCU's image, and 
asl<ed for the association's 

The association also heard a 
proposal from American 
Insurance Administrators to 
develop an alumni insurance 
program especially designed for 
new graduates. The association 
authorized AIA to provide the 
gift of a free term life policy and 
to offer a short-term maior 
medical program as a service 
for new alumni and their 
families at graduation. The asso- 
ciation also authorized the 
development and marketing of a 
new VCU Alumni Association 
Credit Card- Mailings to alumni 
began in October 1993, The 
board also learned that mem- 
bership m the Alumni 
Association had passed 3,000. 

On November 1 and 2, Virginia 
Power co-sponsored with VCU 
receptions at their downtown 
and Innsbrook locations for staff 
who are VCU alumni. President 
Tram greeted alumni and 
provided an update on universi- 
ty plans and needs, Virginia 
Power generously provided 
space and catering and permit- 
ted their 418 alumni to end their 
work day half an hour early to 



Job-seeking alumni from both 
campuses can register a 
"resume brief," access a jobs 
hotline listing 500 jobs — and 
have them screened for their 
geographic and career interests. 
The network also provides 
new/s of on-campus interviews 
and University Career Center 
(UCC) job fairs and workshops. 
And there's no charge. 

Sound good? It's the Career 
Center Network, and here's 
how you get online. Participants 
fill out a pre-formatted diskette 
(IBM compatible). Alumni in 
area zip codes 23000-23299 and 
23800-23899 can pick up a disk 
at the UCC, Room 130 of the 
University Student Commons at 
907 Floyd Ave. from 8am-6pm 
Mon-Thurs., 8am-4:30pm Fri. 
Alumni in any other zips may 
write for a disk to VCU Alumni 
Activities, P. O. Box 843044. 
310 N. Shafer Street. 
Richmond. VA 23284-3044. 

Please include a $2.50 check 
made out to VCU Alumni 
Activities for postage and 
handling. Return the completed 
disk to the University Career 
Center, P.O. Box 842007. 
Richmond. VA 23284-2007. The 
Career Center phone is (804) 

with an emphasis in music 
therapy. Mary has been teaching 
at the university for the past six 
years in the music therapy depart- 
ment. She is currently living in 
Minneapolis with her husband 
and two children. 

Joseph Barden Jr '78BS/B was 
recently named state director of 
student support services for the 
Virginia Community College 
System and will handle policies 
affecting financial aid, admis- 
sions, records and other areas of 
student development. loseph is 
also a co-founder of the Central 
Virginia Financial Aid Project Inc 
and is involved in several organi- 
zations which promote greater 
access to higher education for 
African Americans. Joseph, his 
wife Mildred and their children 
Nathan and Nicole live in 

*Sharon Bonner '78BA/H&S; 
'93BFA/A was featured in a recent 
Richmond Times-Dispatch article 
about her new career in fashion 
design. While in VCU's fashion 
program she received the Golden 
Needle award for an Armani- 
inspired daywear ensemble she 
created. Sharon would like to 
design costumes for Disney 
VV'orld or the '96 Olympics in 
Atlanta. Sharon and her family 
live in Richmond. 

Cheryl Claiborne '77BFA/A 
is a men's merchandiser with 
H.I.S., a volume jeanswear manu- 
facturer in New York. Claiborne 
has received two Tommy awards 
in Best Blouse and Best 
Sportswear categories. She and 
her daughter, Amanda, live in 
New York City. 

Sally Coates '72BS/H&S is the 
manager of the Lord Fairfax Area 
Food Bank. In a recent interview 
with the Winchester Star, Sally 
reported that last year the Lord 
Fairfax food bank distributed 
more than one million pounds of 
food for the second year in a row. 
The 1 1 -year-old food bank is part 
of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 
network that was incorporated 12 
years ago. Sally has been with 
Lord Fairfax five years. 

Renee Collier '78BS/E was 
named the Coordinator of 
Accelerated Schools with the 

Virginia Beach Cit)' Public 
Schools by the city's School 
Board. The program promotes 
acceleration instead of remedia- 
tion to close achievement gaps 
among students in elementary 
schools. Renee was named 
Teacher of the Year in 1992 for 
Virginia Beach. She lives in 

Ronald Downing 
'77BS/C&PA joined the public 
relations department at Westvaco 
Corporation's Bleached Board 
Division mill in Covington, VA. 
Before joining the Westvaco 
Corporation, Downing served in 
the US Army in both the military 
police and the public affairs 
departments. He lives in the 
Allegheny Highlands. 

Webster Nathaniel Epps II 
'79BFA/A and his "Hand Spun, 
Frying Pan" art exhibit were pre- 
sented by On The Hill in 
Williamsburg, VA last August. 
Nathaniel's doU sculptures were 
inspired by Native Ameri- African 
art. Living in West Point, VA, 
Nathaniel is active in drama, 
movement choreography, doll 
sculpture and photography. 

*Margarette Goodwin 
'73AS/B; '81BS/B was appointed 
Deputy Secretary of Education for 
the Commonwealth of Virginia 
by Governor Wilder, effective 
September 1. Margarette is cur- 
rently director of administration 
and resource utilization in the 
School of Basic Health Sciences at 
Virginia Commonwealth 
University, from which she will 
take a leave of absence through 
January 1994. 

Gerald Haas '73BS/H&S and 
his wife Cynthia are living in 
York, PA where Gerald has just 
been promoted to Corporate 
Director of MIS for Danskin, Inc. 

Melinda Harleman '73BFA/A 
is using her cats Fluffy, Smoky 
and Tami as the subjects of a line 
of greeting cards she recently 
designed for the Renaissance Card 
Company. Her artistic endeavors 
are a part time hobby; she is a full 
time administrative assistant with 
Piedmont Federal Savings 
Association in Manassas, where 
she lives. 

Sharon French Harris 

'79MEd/E has received her 
master's in counseling from 
Regent University and will begin 
two years of supervised practice 
toward licensure as a Licensed 
Professional Counselor. She lives 
in Staunton, VA. 

Elizabeth Heitz 78BFA/A is 
working in Arlington, VA as a 
contract specialist for the US 
Navy. Since 1986 she has been 
buying airplanes for the navy 
including F-I8's for Kuwait; she 
has also worked on the F-14 
Tomcats and is currendy putting 
new composite wings on the A-6 
Intruders. Elizabeth also designed 
and made blueprints for the 
house she and her five- and 14- 
year-old daughters share. 

Willette Home '79BS/E; 
'81MEd/E and Eric Barnes were 
married June 26 in Newport 
News. Willette is the compen- 
satory education teacher for the 
Sullivan's School in Yokosuka, 
Japan where her husband is the 
military pay director for the Far 
East and Yokosuka Naval Base. 
The couple will live in Yokosuka, 

Janet Johnson '78AS/B 
married Delinwood Pearson in 
Providence Forge, VA on April 
17. Janet is employed by the US 
District Court in Richmond, 
where the couple lives. 

Suzanne Johnson 
'79BS/H&S; '83MS/H8tS; 
'87PhD/H&S was recently 
featured in a Richmond Times- 
Dispatch article about her work as 
an animal behavior therapist. 
Suzanne, who lives in Beaverdam, 
VA, treats pets with problems 
such as aggressive behavior, 
phobias and hyperactivity. 

William Johnston Jr 
'73BS/H8{S was recognized as an 
outstanding teacher in the Lee- 
Jackson Scholarship Program. 
William is in his twentieth year of 
teaching in the Giles County, VA 
public school system and fourth 
year of working with students in 
the Lee-Jackson Scholarship 

Freyda Lazarus '70MEd/E 
was one of two recipients awarded 
a 1993 Tyler Award by the Coop- 
erative Education Association, 



Inc. The award recognizes out- 
standing research in the field of 
cooperative education. 

Jerome Lonnes '78C/B has 
joined the Richmond-based law 
firm of Hirschler, Fleischer, 
Weinberg, Cox and Allen. Jerome 
has an MA and PhD in philoso- 
phy from Emory University. He is 
also a member of the Richmond 
and American Bar Associations as 
well as the Virginia Society of 
Certified Public Accountants. 

Carolyn Mattox '72BMEd/A; 
'82MEd/E was featured in a 
recent Richmond Times-Dispatch 
article about her confectionary 
business, Kalico Kitchen. Kalico 
Kitchen offers classes in cake dec- 
orating and candy making and 
rents baking pans in about 400 
difterent shapes and sizes. 
Carolyn and her family live in 

James McDonougli Jr 
'73AS/H&S; '92BS/B is a senior 
estimator with Infilco Degremont 
in Richmond where he lives with 
his wife and two children. 

*Steve Mickle '71BFA/A and 
Rich Hillman '68BFA/A have 
written a book called Death Is...: 
Lighthcarted Views of a Grave 
Situation that is filled with one- 
liners which Rich says are "more 
about life than death." The book 
began as a satire ot the "Love Is..." 
and "A Friend Is..." comic strips 
which were popular in the 1970s. 
Steve is a portrait painter in 
Lynchburg while Rich is a free- 
lance art director in Richmond. 

Linda Page '78MSW/SW is a 
social work supervisor at the 
University of Cincinnati Hospital 
in Cincinnati. 

John Poole '75BS/C8tPA; 
'84MPA/C&PA of Midlothian, 
VA was named interim dean of 
Financial and Administrative 
Services at Patrick Henry Com- 
munity College. lohn is the 
budget manager for the Virginia 
Community College System. 
Before joining the VCCS, he 
worked as director of finance for 
the Virginia Association of 
Community Action Agencies, Inc. 

Stephen Poulin '77BSW/SW; 
'80MSW/SW has accepted a fel- 
lowship to the Columbia Univer- 
sity School of Social Work 

doctoral program. He moved to 
New York City to attend the 
program last fall and plans to 
return to Richmond after com- 
pleting his course work. 

*Regina Rafter '77BS/H&S 
received a masters in teaching 
with a concentration in reading 
from the National College of 
Education in Evanston, IL. She is 
currently teaching fifth grade in 
the Chicago Public Schools and 
lives in Oak Park, IL with her 
husband Rick and their three cats. 

Marc Ramsey '71BFA/A; 
'85MFA/A in partnership with 
Piedmont Communications has 
purchased the only radio station 
in Orange County, VA, WIMA- 
AM/FM for which Marc invented 
the "natural sound" format the 
station has adopted. The AM 
station plays only classic country 
while the FM format is a mix of 
classic rock and country music. 
Marc's voice may be familiar 
since he has done several com- 
mercials for Richmond Honda. 
Marc lives in Mineral, VA. 

Dennis Reed '72BS/B is the 
new president-elect of the Oregon 
Life Underwriters Association 
which puts him in line for the 
presidency of the 1600 member 
organization. Employed by 
Standard Insurance Company, 
Dennis lives in Eugene, OR. 

David Small 76BS/E was 
named human resources manager 
for Hilldrup Moving and Storage 
Company. Before joining 
Hilldrup, David was a human 
resources manager for Ames 
Distribution Services and 
Southland Corporation. 

Cheryl Patteson Smith 
'70BS/H8;S is the Director of 
Communications for the South 
Florida Science Museum in West 
Palm Beach. A former theater 
critic for public radio in 
Richmond, Cher)'l still enjoys 
theater. In addition to overseeing 
marketing and public relations, 
she volunteers as a Case Manager 
Assistant for the Comprehensive 
AIDS Program. 

James Emory Smith II 
'77MSW/SW has left the active 
army and now serves in the Army 
Reserve. James will be a social 
worker in an Army Reserve 

Medical Detachment of an evacu- 
ation hospital, where he will 
provide education and treatment 
for combat stress casualties. He 
will he employed as an outpatient 
therapist at the Junction City, KS 
office of Pawnee Mental Health. 
Having received his master's in 
public administration from 
LaVerne University in LaVerne, 
CA in 1988, lames has also com- 
pleted the Army Medical 
Department Officer's basic and 
advanced courses and the US 
Army Command and General 
Staft" College. James lives in 
Manhattan, KS. 

Arthur Spencer '7 IBS/HScS 
recently received a Master of 
Science degree in Public 
Administration from Virginia 
Tech. He is a member of Phi 
Kappa Phi honor society and Pi 
Kappa Alpha fraternity. Arthur 
currently serves as regional 
director for Roanoke's Disability 
Determination Services. 

Judith Spindler '76MEd/E 
was listed in Who's Wlio tn 
America, 1995/94. She is a retired 
Chesterfield County elementary 
school teacher living in Chester, 

Irene Hammer TerrUI 
'75BFA/A is a mechanical drafter 
tor Boeing in Renton, WA. She is 
currently working on the 737 
models and is hoping to con- 
tribute to the new 737 wing 
design. Although Irene is 
homesick tor Virginia, her two 
daughters, Valerie and Marie, 
love the Pacific Northwest. 

John Tomlinson 
'71BS/C8(PA is a special agent for 
the US Secret Service. lohn is cur- 
rently assigned to the 
Congressional Aftairs Office, 
having just received a diploma 
from the National War College. 
He lives in Marv'land. 

"^David Walrond 77BS/MC 
was elected president of the Bath 
County, VA Chamber of 
Commerce and is also a member 
of the Chamber's Board of 

Charlotte Wolfford 
'70BS/H8;S; '79MSW/SW 
announced her recent affiliation 
with the clinical practice of John 
Borgens '78MSW/SW Director, 


An ever-growing army of alumni 
are helping the Admissions 
Office recruit students for VCU, 
Alumni attended college fairs 
throughout Virginia and in six 
other states disseminating 
information about VCU and 
answering questions. Often, 
alumni were there to assist 
admissions officers, but increas- 
ingly alumni are working on 
their own to represent their 

In the spring, alumni will be 
calling prospective students and 
their families to encourage 
them to accept admission to 
VCU, they will host receptions 
in Northern Virginia and 
Hampton Roads for admitted 
students and their families, and, 
they will participate in the VCU 
Block Party on April 9. Last year, 
the Block Party attracted more 
than 800 and was an important 
component in convincing 
students to choose VCU. 

If you are interested in 
enlisting, you can notify Diane 
Stout-Brown at the Office of 
Alumni Activities for more infor- 
mation: (804)367-1227. 


The African American Alumni 
Council sponsored its annual 
Founders' Day reception in the 
Alumni Association Board room 
in the University Student 
Commons on Friday November 
5. Council President Tony 
Rowlette hosted the event for 
all alumni, black faculty 
members and black student 
organizations to celebrate the 
history of our University. 



President Tram, several 
academic deans and faculty 
brought news of VCU to 
Washington area alumni on 
November 18, during an alumni 
reception at the prestigious 
Cosmos Club. Alumni hosts. Dr. 
Stephen M. Pollak '71M and 
his wife, Thora B. Pollak 
'93BFA joined President and 
Mrs. Trani in welcoming 300 
guests for live music, food and 
cocktails. The university has 
over 5,400 alumni in the 
Washington area, more than 
350 of whom have consistently 
attended alumni events, recruit- 
ed students, sponsored extern- 
ships, and assisted in a variety 
of alumni programs. The School 
of Medicine hosted a dessert 
reception immediately following 
the university event. 

Reception host Steven Pollak '71 
shares a laugh with MCV Alwmii 
Association Executive Director 
Joannie Glynn '85. 

Jackie Tunstall Bynum '82, 
Waiula Fells, and Valerie 
Cason '88. 

Family Focus, P.C. in Warrenton, 
VA. Charlotte specializes in the 
treatment of childhood suivivors 
of sexual/physical abuse and in 
women's issues. She lives in 
Hume, VA. 

1 980s 

Thomas Ailor '84BS/B left 
Transport International Pool, a 
division of GE Capital, in 1992 to 
begin a new business specializing 
in the delivery and repositioning 
of semi-trailers across the US, 
Canada and Mexico. Thomas's 
new business. One Way Pool, is 
located in Richmond, where he 

Lmda Blackburn '87BS/B and 
Gary Marceau were married lune 
26 in Lynchburg. Linda is an 
account manager with Qualex 
Inc. The couple will live in 

Lori Blackmon '83BS/H&S is 
managing computer systems for 
Maximus, a national consulting 
company located in McLean, VA. 
Lori writes that she's "still single, 
still childless, still loves radio, but 
the money is in computers." She 
would like any classmates in the 
DC area to contact her. 

Peter Blake '80BA/H8(S; 
'88MS/MC is a finance coordina- 

Sr. Associate Dean of the School of 
Medicine, Dr. R. B. Young and 
Thora Pollak '93. 

Director of Special 

Projects, Beth Brown 

(left) discusses the 

Honors Program with 

Jennifer Ayiotis '89 

and her sister Christina 

Ayiotis '87. 

tor for the State Council of 
Higher Education. Peter lives in 

Amy Blankfeld '86BSW/SW 
recently interned at the Roosevelt 
Warm Springs Institute for 
Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, 
GA. Amy says that the sudden 
death of her brother Joe at 27 
years old helped her decide to 
return to school. "His death 
caused me to stop and think 
about what I really wanted to do 
with my life. I decided to work 
with people with head injuries 
and go back to school to study 
speech-language pathology." Amy 
is now a third-year graduate 
student in speech-language 
pathology at the University of 

Mark Bosher '83MSW/SW 
and lanenne Daniels were 
married July 31 in Amherst, VA. 
Mark is a licensed clinical social 
worker for Centra Health. The 
couple lives in Lynchburg. 

Stacy Brock '89BFA/A and 
Jeffrey Morcom were married 
June 19 at Evelynton Plantation 
in Charles City, VA. Stacy is a 
visual coordinator with the new 
Leggett's department store at 
Willow Lawn Mall. The couple 
will live in Richmond. 

♦Pamela Carlstrom '88BS/B 
and Matthew Diemer were 
married May 8 in Staunton, VA. 
Pamela is an assistant vice presi- 
dent and branch manager with 
Central Fidelity Bank. The couple 
will live in Charlotte, NC. 

Bonita Carr '84BS/B and 
lerorae Towner were married July 
24 in Richmond. Bonita works in 
Circuit City's corporate office. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

David Michael Caudill 
'85BS/C&PA left the Henrico 
County Police Depart- 
ment to attend law 
school. After graduating 

he served as the Assistant 
Commonwealth's Attorney in 
Orange County until 1991. He is 
now in private practice with the 
firm of Higginbotham, Higgin- 
botham and Bowman in Orange, 
where he lives with his wife 

Jeffrey Cherry '88BFA/A and 
Laura Rhymes '91BA/H8(S were 
married September 5 in Maymont 
Park. leffrey is employed by the 
Martin Agency and Laura works 
for the MCV Foundation. The 
couple live in Richmond. 

Pauline Uhrain Clay 
'88BS/MC is an assistant 
suburban editor for Tri-Cities 
Richmond, a division of the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch. 
Pauline lives in DeWitt, VA. 

Kenneth Chrisman 
'82BA/H&S married Mary 
Wagner Coffey of Lynchburg on 
April 3. Kenneth, who earned his 
law degree from George Mason 
University, is employed with a 
private law practice in Richmond, 
where the couple will live. 

Stephanie Clopton '89BFA/A 
married Christopher Quartuccio 
on May 29 in Staunton, VA. 
Stephanie is employed as a 
women's apparel designer with 
Garber Design Alternative, in 
New York City which is where the 
couple will make their home. 

*Gail Coles '86BS/B and 
*Kevin W. Johnson '83BS/B were 
married March 6 in Rockville, 
MD. Gail is an assistant personnel 
manager with AT8tT. Kevin is 
self-employed wdth The 
Investment Management Group. 
The couple live in Fort 
Washington, MD. 

"Edward DeGennaro 
'83MEd/E has been elected to the 

School of Business Alumni Hector Aldana '92, 
Steve Postma '92, and Aaron Dennis '92. 



Board of Directors of the 
Opticians Association of America. 
Edward is a licensed optician in 
New York and Virginia, holds 
national certification from the 
American Board of Opticianry, 
and has earned the designation of 
Master Optician fi om the ABO. 
Edward lives in Chesterfield, VA. 

Sharon Entsminger 
'83BS/C8fPA; '91MS/C&PA is the 
Special Populations Manager for 
Chesterfield Parks and Recreation 
Department in Chesterfield, VA. 
She and her husband, Gary Fox, 
had a son, lonathan Wesley, on 
April 10. The family lives in 
Chester, VA. 

Charles Estes II '89BS/B and 
Kelly Brown were married luly 10 
in Front Royal, VA. Estes is 
employed at B&B Service Center 
where he is the NAPA Auto Parts 
store manager. The couple lives in 
Sperryville, VA. 

Charlotte Evans '81MS/MC 
won the first place Medallion 
Award for an Annual Report in 
the Virginia Public Relations 
Competition, Business & Industry 
category, sponsored by the 
Richmond Public Relations 
Association and the Old 
Dominion chapter of the PRSA. 
Evans also received an Award for 
Excellence for the same report 
from the Insurance Marketing 
Communications Association's 
Showcase Awards. Charlotte 
works for Virginia Professional 
Underwriters Inc, and lives in 

Cherry Evans '85BS/MC was 
nominated the 1993 Woman of 
the Year by the Women's 
Transportation Seminar-National 
Organization. She received the 
Woman of the Year award from 
the Greater Richmond Chapter of 
WTS. In May Cherry attended the 
WTS national conference in 
Chicago and gave a presentation 
on the local organization's public 
relations program. Cherry was the 
first minority professional hired 
by the Department of Aviation in 

Lisa Evans '86BS/B and Ricky 
Jackson were married June 12 in 
Richmond, where the couple 
lives. Lisa works for Virginia 
Blood Services. 

Arlene Fultz '81BS/H&S has 

been promoted to General 
Services and Quality Assurance. 
Arlene has been with the 
company since 1965. She and her 
husband live in Bon Air, VA. 

Wendy Gammon '89BS/E 
and David Anthony were married 
June 19 in Richmond, where they 
live. Wendy is a teacher in the 
Henrico County public school 

Lori King Gillespie 
'86BGS/NTS graduated in May 
from Eastern Virginia Medical 
School with her MD. After a tran- 
sitional internship at Riverside 
Regional Medical Center in 
Newport News, Lori's residency 
will be in Radiation Oncology at 
the Eastern Virginia Graduate 
School of Medicine in Norfolk. 
She and her husband Sam cele- 
brated their seventh anniversary 
in June. 

*Joan M. Glynn '85MBA/B 
has been named Executive 
Director of the MCV Alumni 
Association of VCU. loan was 
director of alumni relations for 
the schools of medicine, nursing 
and pharmacy for three years 
before coming to the Alumni 
Association. She and her husband 
Kerry live in Richmond. 

Kimberly Moody Golden 
'82MM/A is an assistant professor 
of music at Bridgewater State 
College in Bridgewater, MA. One 
of Kimberly's primary responsi- 
bilities is to design a music educa- 
tion curriculum for the music 

Frank Grizzard Jr '87BS/H&S 
recently completed a three year 
tenure as editor of Essays in 
History, the Corcoran Depart- 
ment of History's journal at the 
University of Virginia. Frank is 
now the assistant editor at the 
Papers of George Washington, a 
documentary editing project at 
the University of Virginia in 
Charlottesville where he lives. 

Peter GuUfoyle'87BS/MC; 
'91MS/MC recently joined Ve 
\ssociates, an Irvine, CA-based 
company specializing in video 
production, duplication and 
archiving following a stint as a 
professor of journalism at 

Northwestern State University in 
LA. Peter, who lives in Irvine, 
would like to hear from any 
Southern Californian alumni 
interested in starting an alumni 

Teresa Guynn '86BS/B and 
Nathaniel Hendrick were married 
August 28 in Newport News. 
Teresa works for Sentry Insurance 
Company in Richmond, where 
the couple lives. 

Susan Hall Winstead Hagy 
'82BS/MC was promoted to 
director of Human Resources and 
Training at Continental Cable- 
vision Jacksonville, FL from the 
Richmond branch. Susan lives in 
Atlantic Beach, FL. 

Mitchell Hartson Jr '89BS/B 
and Lori Schiff '93BS/B were 
married June 25 in Petersburg, 
VA. Mitchell works for Mitchell 
Wiggins and Company in 
Petersburg and Lori works with 
BDO Seidman in Richmond. The 
couple will live in Colonial 

Kimberly Heind]'87BS/B 
recently began a new job as Senior 
Management Analyst in Research 
& Planning for the Virginia 
Department of Youth and Family 
Services. Kimberly is currently 
working on her master's degree in 
administration and is a speaker 
for the American Red Cross at 
their speaker's bureau. 

Ann Gibbs Heine '81MBA/B 
and William Mustain '85MBA/B 
were married June 19 at the 
Valentine Museum in Richmond. 
Ann works for Xerox Corpora- 
tion, William at MCV Hospitals. 
The couple live in Richmond. 

* Linda Lovingood Holsinger 
'86BS/MC has been awarded 
Accreditation by the Public 
Relations Society of America. 
Linda is currentlv vice president. 
Marketing and Communications, 
for United Way of Roanoke 

♦Bradford Hood '84BS/B has 
been promoted to Navy Master 
Chief Petty Officer while serving 
at Fleet Training Center, Naval 
Station, Norfolk. Bradford joined 
the navy in 1972. 

Sandra Horsey '88BFA/A and 
David Gibbs were married July 24 
in Newport News. Sandra is a 


Forty alumni provided students 
with opportunities to explore 
careers by participating in the 
1994 Alumni Extern Program. 
During the holiday intersession, 
students worked with alumni at 
their places of employment for 
one or two weeks. Alumni are 
encouraged to involve the 
student in all aspects of their 
work sc the student gets a 
chance to see the "real world" 
through hands-on experience. 
Most of the externship opportu- 
nities are in the Richmond area, 
with a few in other parts of 
Virginia. This year, students 
tried out fields including adver- 
tising, counseling, education, 
law enforcement, public rela- 
tions, recreation, dentistry and 
urban studies. 



The African American Alumni 
Council co-sponsored with the 
University Career Center a 
Minority Student Career 
Development Seminar on 
October 23, Twenty students 
received individual attention 
from trainers and recruiters who 
shared valuable information on 
preparing for a career, inter- 
views and boosting self- 
esteem, African American 
alumni were on hand to 
network with students and offer 
advice on career goals. 




Teachers, principal, coun- 
selors — and writers, parents 
and community- It takes a team 
to educate a child. When the 
School of Education invited 
nationally known speakers for a 
lecture series to celebrate its 
30th anniversary this winter, 
they recognized the team and 
the need to empower the team 
to help students learn. 

Writer Lois Lowry spoke at 
VCU shortly before she won the 
Newben/ Medal for her chil- 
dren's novel. The Giver. At the 
school's annual Distinguished 
Women's Scholar Lecture, 
psychiatrist Dr. Sylvia Rimm 
spoke about "the underachieve- 
ment syndrome" in today's 
kids. The school's Scholar-in- 
Residence, Dr. Reg Revans, 
discussed his concept of 
"Action Learning," which has 
been used in business and gov- 
ernment all over the world. 
Sociologist Dr. Joyce Epstein, 
Co-Director of the National 
Center on Families, Communi- 
ties. Schools and Children's 
Learning, discussed school and 
family partnerships as the future 
of urban school reform. 

Dr. Paula Short spoke about 
her work at the forefront of 
research and measurement of 
school empowerment. For the 
annual John R. Cook Lecture in 
counseling, Beverly O'Br/ant 
emphasized counseling as 
prevention. O'Bryant, president 
of the American Counseling 
Association, gave a second talk 
on counseling empowerment. 

photographer for NASA Langley 

Lucinda Kaukas-Brown 

Research Center in Hampton. 

'89BFA/A; '93MFA/A began the 

Catherine Hoskins '88BFA/A 

doctoral program in Humanities 

and Christopher LaCivita 

at Syracuse University in New 

'89BGS/NTS were married June 

York in September. Her concen- 

26 in Williamsburg. Catherine 

tration will be in art history. 

works for Mikasa Dinnerware Inc 

architecture and design. Her 

and Christopher was working for 

husband, John Brown, an adjunct 

the George Allen Campaign. The 

professor in interior design at 

couple lives in New Kent County, 

VCU and the woodworker who 


created the furniture and archi- 

Paige Atkinson lessee 

tectural woodwork in the new 

'86BS/MC is a marketing repre- 

VCU Alumni Boardroom, will be 

sentative for Paramount Kings 

joining her in Syracuse to 

Dominion in Doswell, VA. Paige 

continue his furniture design and 

lives in Mechanicsville, VA. 

fabrication business. 

Jennifer Jordan '88BS/B and 

Michael Layell'83BA/H&S 

lohn Gawrys were married 

graduated from the Presbyterian 

August 28 in Bedford, VA. 

School of Christian Education in 

Jennifer works for First Colony 

Richmond on May 30 with a 

Life Insurance. The couple will 

Master of Arts degree. 

hve in Lyiichburg. 

James Mackey III '86MBA/B 

Robert Kincaid '89BS/C&PA 

has been named national market- 

and Cheryl Borszich were married 

ing manager for Tredegar Molded 

August 2 1 in Roanoke. Robert is a 

Products, a subsidiary of Tredegar 

Virginia State Trooper in 

Industries, Inc. Mackey lives in 

Allegheny County, VA. The 


couple will live in Clifton Forge, 

Walter Martin '82MFA/A had 


his conceptual sculpture featured 

*Dwayne King '84BS/C8!PA 

at the Chrysler Museum in 

is now an attorney with 

Norfolk luly through September. 

Neumiller 8( Beardslee in 

Waher lives in Norfolk and has 

Stockton, CA. He earned his law 

exhibited his work throughout 

degree from Pepperdine 

Europe and the United States. 

University School of Law in 

Byron MarshaU'87BA/H8(S 

Malibu, CA and a master's in tax 

married Lisa Baucom on May 22 

law firom New York University. 

in Danville. Byron works for the 

His areas of specialty are taxation, 

Virginia Department of Trans- 

public finance and health care. 

portation in Richmond. The 

Melinda Thomas Knopf 

couple lives in Glen Allen. 

'80BA/H&S is a vice president of 

Bonnie Matthews '85BA/A is 

Crestar Bank, managing the 

currently working on two 

Willow Lawn and Monument 

children's books and continuing 

Avenue offices. She and her 

to do iUustration for ad agencies 

husband Eric have a two-year- old 

and paper companies. Bonnie 

son, Johnathan. The famOy lives 

lives in Baltimore. 

in Mechanicsville, VA. 

*Larry Matthews '83BA/A is 

currently teaching courses in 






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friend and make a difference. 

Environmental Graphic Design 
and Computer Graphics at 
Wanganui Polytechnic, New 
Zealand's best art school. Before 
leaving for New Zealand, Larry 
was a designer at the National 
Zoo in Washington, where he 
won an international award for 
his signage system. 

Carla Mortensen 
'87MSW/SW has written and 
received a federal grant to develop 
a prototype for training which 
overcomes barriers like limited 
training, travel budgets, high 
turnover. Using interactive video 
disk technology, the curriculum 
allows an infinite number of 
people to be trained at their 
desktop at their convenience in 
the areas of child and famdy 
preparation. Carla lives in 

♦Brian Moss '85BS/B joined 
Barnett Bank of the St. Johns in 
1989 and was recently appointed 
to the position of credit review 
officer. He lives in Ponte Vedra, 
FL with his wife Kathleen. 

Kevin Murray '86BS/MC and 
Natalie Warner Murray 
'86BS/MC announce the birth of 
a daughter, Melissa Diane, on 
February 6. Kevin is an office sales 
manager with J.M. TuU Metals 
Company in Tampa. The family 
lives in Lutz, FL. 

*Carlos Narro '86BS/B; 
'89MBA/B is a special agent with 
the Federal Bureau of Investiga- 
tion. He investigates white-collar 
crimes with emphasis on fraud in 
financial institutions. Carlos says 
he enjoys his career and that he 
"could not have done it without 
my education at VCU." 

Gail O'Hara '88BA/H8cS is 
with SPIN magazine as a copy 
editor and writer. She is working 
on publishing a new magazine 
called Chickfactor about under- 
ground pop. 

Matthew O'Neil '89BS/MC is 
currently the Morning Producer 
at WFIR Radio in Roanoke, where 
he lives. 

Donna Patterson '81BS/MC 
and Christopher Chambers were 
married May 22 in Newport 
News. Donna is a training special- 
ist for Media General Cable of 



Fairfax in Chantilly. She and her 
husband live in Fairfax. 

David Pierce '83BS/B is a 
general sales manager with Don 
Lacefield Enterprises, a Chevrolet 
dealer, in Hillsborough, NC. 
David and his wife Nancy have 
three children, ages 14, 13, and 
one year. David is also a part-time 
advisor to the Duke University 
football program. The family lives 
in Durham. 

Gina Poveromo 
'90BS/AH(PT) received a 
master's in physical therapy from 
Shenandoah University in 
Winchester, VA. She recently 
accepted her first physical therapy 
position at the St. lohn Medical 
Center in Tulsa, OK. 

Bonnie D.Pritchett'81BS/E 
is teaching mentally disabled 
students at Benjamin Franklin 
Middle School in Franklin 
County, VA. She has served as the 
local coordinator of the Franklin 
County Special Olympics and 
won Outstanding Trainer of the 
Year for Virginia Special 
Olympics. Bonnie was also nomi- 
nated for the Fitz Turner 
Commission Award for the 
Virginia Education Association. 
She began working on her 
master's last fall. 

Joal Smith Read '85MEd/E is 
an associate specialist tor the 
Virginia Department of Educa- 
tion, loal lives in Richmond. 

Ashton Smith '81BS/E has 
accepted the pastorate position 
with Virginia Beach Baptist 
Church in Virginia Beach. Ashton 
holds a Doctor of Ministry degree 
from Luther Rice Seminary and is 
also a graduate of Southeastern 
Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Shelly Spruill '89BS/B is an 
analyst/programmer for Life of 
Virginia in Richmond, where she 

Susan Strother '83BS/MC is 
the tourism reporter for the 
Orlando Sentinel newspaper, 
which has a circulation of about 
400,000. Susan is also working on 
her master's degree in liberal 
studies at Rollins College in 
Winter Park, FL and lives in 

*|ames F. Sampler 
'80MBA/B recently announced 


Lisa Edwards-Burrs '83BM/A 



A petite soprano with a larger-than-life sound, Lisa Edwards- 
Burrs, packs a powerful amount of energy mto her perfor- 
mances and her life. 

Edwards-Burrs notes that the School of the Arts teaches 
the discipline essential to an accomplished musician. "It 
teaches you to be on time, critical of yourself and to learn 
professionahsm." "Which has served her well in competition 
and performance. She was a semi-finalist m the Queens 
Opera 1993 Vocal Competition. Later this year, she and 
VCU faculty vocal coach Melanie Kohn Day will perform 
abroad as "artistic ambassadors" in a three-week tour spon- 
sored by the U. S. Information Agency. 

Clearly, her technical training at VCU has allowed her 
to blossom and do what she does best— make rich, beautiful 
music. With scholarship support, Edwards-Burrs is working 
on her master's in music and will be performing in her 
graduate recital and a lecture recital at VCU this spring. 

Although she enjoys aU types of music, and has sung with . , •, c^uth^ 

synXni m reciill and^est appearances, opera is her passion and forte. "^Pera .s *e ep.ome of^ 
arts put together. It's dreater, it's music, it's grand. It's a combmation of aU the arts. The frill orchestra, the 
stage the lighting, the cosmmes." When all the parts form a whole, the effect is magmficent. 

't'o c eaS^a complete character for parts like Zerlma in Don Giovanni or Monica m The Medium 
Edwards-Burrs does her homework. "Usually you do very m-depth character studies. You need to find out 
bout the time penod. A lot of detaUs you fill m, lOce dates and "--" ^'^If ^^K ^ W b ok 
the famous consumptive Violetta m La Traviata, Edwards-Burrs studied Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross s 

°" |^™Serformmg, practicing, and competing, Edwards-Burrs enjc^s the demanding-and 
rewarSn -roles of 'wife and m'olher. "My husband helps create a stable home hfe vvhen I am out wo kmg. I 
so make It a point to let the two kids know that Mommy is going to work. It is work, she says firnJy^ 
Although Edwards-Burts is a petite five feet, she has the power to stand out m any role she chooses, 
on-stage or off. 




the opening of his law office at the 
Willow Oaks Oftice Building on 
Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond, 
lames has a bachelor's degree 
from South Carolina State College 
and a law degree from George- 
town University Law Center. 
Theodore Sweetland Jr 
'81BS/H&S; '85BS/P and his wife 
announce the birth of their 
second child, Blake Wessley, born 
August 18, 1992. Blake has an 
older sister, Lindsay. Ted is a 
pharmacist with Comp-U-Dose 
in Richmond, where the family 

Hope Towner '87BA/H&S is 

a graduate student at American 
University in Washington, 
earning a Master of Arts degree in 
Performing Arts Management. 
She is also working as the box 
office/ house manager of the 
Experimental Theater and 
producer of the Children's 
Theater of Arlington, VA. 

and Edward Fallin were married 
August 21 in Earlysville, VA. Olga 
and her husband received Doctor 
of Veterinary Medicine degrees 
from Virginia-Maryland Regional 
College of Veterinary Medicine. 



Olga is a veterinarian at 
Westwood Animal Hospital in 
Staunton, VA, where the couple 

Scott Walker '86BS/B works 
for Dreyfus Service Corporation 
in Los Angeles as a sales consul- 
tant. Scott moved to LA after 
spending three years at the New 
York branch of Dreyfus, where he 
assisted new and existing clients 
with their portfolio selection. 

WendeU WaUer '80BA/H8(S 
was recently featured in an article 
in Vie Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star 
about his work as an Assistant 
City Attorney in Suft'olk and 


pastor of Home Community 
Baptist Church in Chuckatuck, 

Beverly Waltrip '89BS/B and 
Paul King were married March 27 
in Richmond. Beverly is 
employed by Virginia Turf and 
Irrigation. The couple will live in 
New Kent County, VA. 

Damian Warwick '89BS/B 
and Robin Payne were married 
March 20 in Richmond. Damian 
works for Household Finance 
Corporation in Petersburg. The 
couple will live in Midlothian. 

Elizabeth Anne WUliams 
'89MFAyA and Edward Wigley 

were married on lune 26 in 
Williamsburg where they live. 
Ehzabeth is an instructor at the 
York County School of the Arts. 

1 990s 

Donald Armstrong '93BS/A 
and Pamela Moore '91BA/A were 
married ]une 19. Para graduated 
from Manhattan School of Music 
in New York in May, where she 
was awarded the Hugh Ross 
Award for Outstanding Achieve- 
ment in Voice. She has accepted a 
two-vear, fiill-time contract with 


The MCV Alumni Association celebrated the grand opening of its new 
Alumni House at 1016 East Clay Street on November 5 and 6 On the 
5th. several hundred MCV Campus faculty and staff visited the 
restored Maupin-Maun/ House during an open house. On Saturday, 
the 6th. alumni from around the state braved a steady downpour to 
celebrate completion of the house with ribbon-cutting ceremonies 
and later joined in a champagne toast in honor of the new $1 .2 million 
facility built with alumni gifts and bequests. 

the Giessen Opera in Germany. 
Pam will perform seven operas. 
Pam and Don left for Germany in 

Jennifer Axinn '92MFAyA 
recently had her work exhibited at 
the 1708 Gallery in Richmond. 

Sandra Van Dyke Batte 
'91BS/MC and Robert Harrison 
were married April 30 in 
Petersburg, where she works for 
the Progress-Index. The couple 
lives in Colonial Heights. 

Rita Bishop '92BS/B and 
Joseph Powers were married May 
22 in Prince George, VA. Rita is 
employed by CMS Automation 
Inc. in Richmond. The couple 
lives in Chesterfield County, VA. 

Cheryl Bracy '93MSW/SW 
and Scott Watterson were 
married August 7 in Richmond. 
Cheryl and Scott live in Atlanta. 

Christopher Brewster 
'91BS/B was recently promoted to 
1st Lt. in the United States 
Marine Corps. A logistics officer 
stationed in Okinawa, 
Christopher recently participated 
in Team Spirit '93, a joint military 
exercise with forces from the 
Republic of Korea. He is engaged 
to Lori Selph '93BS/E, and a May 
1994 wedding is planned. 

Sarah Brubaker '92MS/H8tS 
and Massimo Giusti were wed 
April 17 in Lynch Station, VA. 
The service was translated into 
Italian by friends of the couple. 
Sarah will attend the University of 
Delaware to pursue her PhD in 
sociology. The couple will live in 
Newark, DE. 

Terri Campbell '90BS/E and 
Steven Childress were married 
August 7 in Front Royal, VA. The 
couple will live in Port Clinton, 

Matthew Chalkley 
'92BA/H8cS, a Marine 2nd Lt, 
recently graduated from The 
Basic School. During the course at 
Marine Corps Combat Develop- 
ment Command, Quantico, VA, 
newly commissioned officers are 
prepared for assignment to the 
Fleet Marine Force. Matthew 
joined the Marine Corps in May 

*Vladimir Chomiy 
'92BS/H8;S; '93MS/H&S was 
recently accepted into the 

doctoral program at Cambridge 
University in England. 

Lori Dede '91BFA/A and Rev. 
F. Ronnie Norris were married 
June 5 in Roanoke, where they 
live. Lori works for Blue 
Cross/Blue Shield of Virginia. 

jm DeSaegher '92MSW/SW 
and Jimmy Rufus Jr were married 
August 28 in Lynchburg. JiU is 
the director of Social Services 
for Family Life Services in 
Lynchburg. The couple will live 
in Richmond and Lynchburg. 

Frank Ernst '92BS/B was 
selected to serve this summer as a 
resource assistant volunteer 
through the Student Conserva- 
tion Association and the Bureau 
of Land Management at the Craig 
District, Colorado. Frank spent 
the summer along the Colorado 
River conducting Whitewater raft 
trips, assisting with research in 
wildlife and hydrology and pro- 
viding visitor information and 

*Jean Blankinship Faglie 
'85BA/H&S; '92MFA/H8;S was a 
member of a delegation of artists 
and writers that visited China and 
Tibet as part of a "Friendship 
Through the Arts" cultural 
exchange. Jean has published 
several articles in US and China 
Review. The July trip was her 
third to China. 

Kimberly Foreman 
'92BS/MC is a television produc- 
tion specialist at WRIC-TV-8 in 
Richmond. Kimberly lives in Glen 
Allen, VA. 

Luke Funk '90BS/MC works 
for WRIC-TV-8 as a reporter and 
photojournalist. His photos of 
flood waters appear in this issue. 
Luke lives in Richmond. 

Sarah Gamer '92BS/SW and 
Arthur Stutz Jr were married 
April 24 in Petersburg. Sarah is 
employed by Richmond 
Community Senior Center, Inc. 
The couple lives in Dinwiddle. 

Michael Girardi '90BS/C8cPA 
and his wife Cheryl have two 
children and are enjoying their 
new home in Winchester, VA. He 
is a self-employed contractor rep- 
resenting the world's oldest 
orthopedic company, DePuy. 
Mike's travels in a territory that 




Jane Weaver Poulton '47 BA/H&S 


Winter is the perfect time to get comfortable beside the fire and read a 
good love story set during the "good" war. Best of all, this one's true: A 
Better Legend: From the World War II Letters of Jack and Jane Poulton 
(University Press of Virginia, 1993). 

As the summer of '42 came to a close, lane Weaver Poulton said 
goodbye to her engineer husband. Jack when he left Richmond to serve as 
a Seabee in the South Pacific "for the duration." The Poultons' love 
endured despite the latitudes between them, perhaps in part because they 
eloquently continued their marriage through their letters, lane found aO 
three years' worth in lack's sea chest after his 1987 death. Her courageous 
distilation of more than 600 letters shares their lives with readers as they 
did with each other. 

With them we can seek out comfort in life's constant cycles. 
"Moonlight and those ftinny clouds that run together like lava. Do you 
have such moonlight where you are? I know so little about you now," lane 
muses. Jack's 1942 homesickness for a Richmond spring triggers a ft-esh, 
1994 longing: " — forsythia and greening grass and budding trees and I 
daresay the West Avenueites were beginning to poke their heads out and 
put out theii- porch chairs." 

Jane steps around the block and into RPI history. "The Richmond 
Professional Institute called me an hour ago," writes lane, "and offered me a job as secretary to the Dean....I 
can go to school and save money too and it is practically around the comer from the apartment." That pre- 
VCU thread is woven through her letters to Jack. 

Her sometimes cantankerous, sometimes generous employer. Dr. Henry Hibbs, had founded RPI as a 
social worker during the previous war. "We had a love-hate relationship," says Jane today, "but he loved that 
school so much he probably would have held up his own grandmother to keep it going." 

ane enrolls in a Race and Ethnics class with Dr. Alice Davis — a legend herself among RPI alumni. When 
rationing board duty claims her students, "Dr. Alice" disregards another syllabus. Jane writes, "...just me and 
[her] as it turned out so we went to her home and played Russian records instead of having a lecture." 
War is a catalyst for change, and not just on the oceans but across the Fan's cobblestones and into 
Richmond classrooms. Change in women's roles — "So now ! am at 20 hours a week a college registrar, 20 
hours a housewife and five hours a coUege girl and one hour a defense worker...." In civil rights — "I 

wonder it vou will still love me who no longer thinks Negroes are biologically inferior, [who] 
wants children but [is] not sure women should stay in the home." In any case, 
Jane writes, "Can't turn back now." 

By 1945 the Poultons are back together at 1300 Grove Avenue. (Jack 
gets home and uses the key that he's carried in his pocket for three years.) 
Soon enough Alice Davis is with them at Sacred Heart Cathedral, an 
honorary grandparent at the baptism of their first child. 

This trunkful ot letters, "his last and best gift to me," is treasure for any 
reader, with special gems for those who went to one fine school in 



includes Virginia, West Virginia 
and Mar)'land. 

Sue Graham '92MBAyB was 
promoted to marketing manager, 
new products for the Can 
Dixasion of Reynolds Metals 
Company. Sue has been with 
Reynolds since 1984. 

Rex Greer II '90BGS/NTS has 
joined ALL-TEL Mobile Com- 
munications of the Carolinas, Inc. 
as a cellular specialist. He is 
responsible for customer relations 
and sales of cellular telephone 
equipment in the Charlotte area, 
where he lives. 

David Maine '90BS/B has 
been accepted into the Pennsyl- 
vania College of Optometr)' and 
will miss "Virginia hospitality" 
when he leaves. Lie plans to 
return to Virginia to practice in 

Shane Hardin '9 IBS/H&S 
and Brenda Block '92BS/ 
AH(MT) were married May 29 in 
Richmond. Shane is pursuing his 
master's degree in biology and 
Brenda is a medical technologist 
at MCV Hospitals. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Jennifer Holland '92BFA/A 
and Matthew Eacho were married 
August 28 in Newport News. 
Jennifer is an art teacher with the 
Newport News Public School 
System. The couple will live in 
Poquoson, VA. 

Sheryl W. Jones '92MS/MC is 
an Editorial Coordinator, 
Corporate Communications, for 
James River Corporation in 
Richmond, where she lives. 

Holli Kaetzel '90BS/B and 
David A. Forlines were married 
September 19, 1992. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Susan Karalevicz'91BS/B 
and Donald Arey Jr were married 
April 30 in Waynesboro, VA. 
Susan is employed by Genicom 
Corporation in the accounting 
department. The couple lives in 

MeUssa Khig '92BA/H&S and 
Scott Schiltz were married August 
14 in Richmond, where they live. 
Melissa is currently a graduate 
student at William and Mary in 

*Kimberly Kopko 
'92BS/C8cPA and Eugene 

Grissom Jr were married April 17 
in Petersburg. Kimberly works for 
the Vance-Granville Mental 
Health Center in Henderson, NC 
where the couple lives. 

Jennifer Lambert '92BS/B 
and Marcus R. Lambert were 
married June 26 in Petersburg. 
Jennifer is an assistant manager at 
County Seat in Colonial Heights. 
The couple will live in 

Ward Mason '91MS/B and 
Linda B. Cutter were married July 
24 at the Fort Lee, VA Memorial 
Chapel. A Captain in the L'nited 
States Army, he and his wife are 
employed at the United States 
Army Information Systems 
Software Development Center at 
Fort Lee. Ward and Linda live in 

Martha Romaine Meade 
'92BS/H8{S and Kenneth Kneher 
were married May 22 in 
Petersburg. Martha works for 
Hecht's Company Stores. 
Kenneth is a student at VCU and 
works for EG Bradley Sport Cars. 
The couple lives in Richmond. 

Charles Messer '91BS/B cur- 
rently runs the Richmond branch 
of his father's Staunton-based 
landscaping company, Messer 
Landscape Inc. & Nursery. The 
company recently planted more 
than 250 trees on downtown side- 
walks in a city-financed beautifi- 
cation project. 

*Anjanee Miles '92BS/H&S 
has completed her first year of 
studies towards her Juris Doctor 
degree at the University of 
Virginia School of Law. Anjanee 
was chosen through a highly 
competitive written competition 
to receive a Hardy Cross Dillard 
Fellowship and to serve on the 
editorial board of the Virginia 
lournal of Social Policy and the 

Randolph Moncure 
'90BA/H&S and Amber Bennett 
were married at Sweet Briar 
College Chapel July 3. Moncure 
works at J.W. Fergusson and Sons 
in Richmond, where the couple 

Mickey Moore '90BS/B and 
Beth Meade were married in 
Rustburg, VA on July 3. Moore 
works for First Colony Life 

Gene White '56BS/P is associate dean for admissions and student 
services in the School of Pharmacy. In his spare time, he ran the 
Ironman Triathlon In October 1993 and came in seventh of 14 who 
finished in his age group. Not bad for 60 years old. Iron genes? 
Hardly, says White. "Some people |ust don't know when to quit," 
he laughs. 

Insurance Company. The couple 
will live in Lynchburg. 

Steven Morris '91MBA/B and 
Renee Messier were married July 
31 in Richmond. Steven is 
employed by RGA/SSA Architects 
in Richmond, where the couple 

Anita Navarro '9 1 BS/MC is 
an Admissions Counselor for 
VCU UES/Undergraduate 
Admissions. Anita's responsibili- 
ties include publications, recruit- 
ing students and making admis- 
sions decisions. 

Cressida Osgood 
'92BS/C8cPA has joined the 
Senior Center of Richmond as a 
Program/ Associate Director. 
Cressida lives in Richmond. 

Albert Pollard Jr 
'91BS/C&PA was appointed 
campaign manager of Delegate 
W. Tayloe Murphy's bid for re- 
election to the Virginia House of 
Delegates, 99th District. Albert 
previously worked as a legislative 
intern in Murphy's office in 
Richmond during the 1988 
session of the General Assembly. 
Albert's appointment is part of 
Murphy's tradition of staffing his 
office with residents of the 99th 

Tammie Pritchard •91BS/B 
and Arthur Engler 111 were 
married June 19 in Bay Head, NJ. 
Tammie joined Medical 
Management Sciences as an 
accounts receivable researcher in 



February. The couple lives in 
Columbus, OH. 

Lorraine Redcross '92BS/B 
and Elvin Woodard Ir were 
married April 24 in Newport 
News. Lorraine is an accounting 
clerk at the Noland Company. 
The couple lives in Hampton. 

Leigh Roberts '92BS/MC and 
Robert Primmer were married 
April 24 in Dinwiddle, where they 
live. Leigh is employed by the 
Virginia Department of 

Margaret Ryan '93BS/H&S 
received this year's Dr. George M. 
Modlin Scholarship Award pre- 
sented by the Richmond 
Memorial Hospital School of 
Nursing to an incoming freshman 

John Saunders '92MS/B is 
manager of the Appraisal 
Department of Elam & Funsten, 
Inc. John lives in Richmond. 

Bradley Schardein 
'92BS/H&S and Cynthia Cherry 
'84BS/B were married June 12 in 
Colonial Heights. Cynthia works 
for Crestar Bank and Bradley 
works for Mutual of Omaha. The 
couple lives in Richmond. 

Linda Short '92MS/H&S and 
Ty Hodges were married lune 26 
in Roanoke. Linda is employed by 
the Council of Community 
Services in Roanoke. The couple 
lives in Vinton, VA. 

*WiUiam Showalter 
'91BS/C&PA and Shawn Whiting 
were married June 19 in 
Sutherland, VA. William is 
employed by the Chesterfield 
County Police Department. The 
couple will lives in Chesterfield. 

Sharon Sink '93MS/C&PA 
and Daniel Slater were married 
April 10 in Newport News. They 
are living in Norfolk. 

Ann Smathers '91BFA/A and 
Paul Johnson were married luly 
31 in Chester. Ann is employed 
by Payne Forest Products Inc. The 
couple lives in Chester. 

James Andrew Smith 
'92BS/MC and Susan Soule were 
married March 27 in Hampton. 
Andrew is a communications spe- 
cialist for York County Public 
Schools. The couple lives in 

Jennifer Jill Smith '92MBA/B 
is the Office Manager at Ascen- 
sion Technology in Burlington, 
VT. She wants any "VCU-ers" in 
that area to get in touch with her. 

Mary Staggers '91 BA/A and 
John Daniel '92BS/H&S were 
married May 29 in Petersburg. 
Mary is currently pursuing her 
master's degree in music at VCU 
and John works at the Jewish 
Community Center. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Lynn Stevens 
'92MURP/C8fPA and Douglas 
Shepherd were married June 5 in 

Norfolk. Lynn is employed by the 
Hampton Roads Planning District 
Commission. The couple lives in 

Art Stone '90BS/A completed 
his MFA in filmmaking from the 
School of the Art Institute in 
Chicago. He has completed 14 
short films and videos for various 
markets and is now working as 
the national advertising director 
of New Art Examiner, a national 
art magazine based in Chicago. 
He will continue to make films 

Donna Turner '92MS/C&PA 
and S. David Martin Jr were 
married May 15 in Stuart, VA, 
where they live. Donna works for 
the Virginia Department of 
Rehabilitative Services in 

*Mary Whiteford '91BFA/A 
and Lt.j.g. Craig Morgan were 
married July 31. The couple lives 
in Honolulu where Craig will be 
stationed for two years. 

Robert Wilson '90BFA/A and 
KeUi Miller '91BS/MC were 
married in October, 1992. Robert 
is a studio photographer/manager 
for National Studios and Kelli is a 
news producer for NewsChannel 
8, a 24-hour cable news network 
in Washington. The Wilsons live 
in Springfield, VA. 


1 950s 

Josephine Munyon Atkinson 
'56BS/H8;S; '77MEd/E, June. 
Roland L. Hamlet Jr 

'50BS/H&S, January 17 in 
Henrico County. 

Caroline F. Hogshead 
'50BS/C8{PA, April. 

L. EUis Walton Jr '50BS/B, 
August 23, 1992 in Arlington, VA. 

1 960s 

James Capps, Jr '65BS/C8(PA; 
'70MEd/E , in Richmond. 

Ruth Webb Tomlinson 
'69BS/E, lune 24 in the Southside 
Regional Medical Center. Mrs. 
Tomlinson was 80 years old and is 
survived by two daughters and 
two sons. 

Clarry Trice Jr'63BS/B, in 
March 1993. 


Candace Van Nostrand 
Montgomery '78MSW/SW, May 
2 in Mount Pleasant, SC. 

1 980s 

William F. Allan '82BA/H8;S, 

October 24, 1992 in Ashland, VA. 

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Shafer Court Connections would like to feature the work of alumni illustrators 
and photographers. Work would be done on a free lance basis for a one-time use. 
If you are interested send samples to: Ben Cornatzer, VCU Publications, 
P O Box 842036, Richmond VA 23284-2036 


William is survived by his wife, 
daughter, parents and brothers. 

Michael A. Evanchyk 
'87BS/C&PA, May 27. Michael is 
survived by his wfe, parents and 

Caroline Ehrgott Frame 
'83BA/A, July 19 in Norman, OK. 
She is survived by her parents, 
brother and tvvo nephews. 

Richard A. Larimar 
'81BFA/A, in March 1993. 

Lester P. Pendleton 
'89MSW/SW, February < in 
Fairfax, VA. Lester died of AIDS. 

James Sacra '89BS/B. 

John W. Taylor Jr'86BS/B, 
August 17 in Richmond. 

* VCU Alumni Association dues- 
paying member. 

Key To Abbreviations 

Alumni are identified by year 

Schools, Colleges, Divisions 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

B Business 

BH Basic Health Sciences 

C8fPA Community and Public 

D Dentistry 
E Education 

H8(S Humanities and Sciences 
M Medicine 

MC Mass Communications 
N Nursing 
NTS Nontraditional Studies 

Program/Continuing Studies 

and Public Service 
P Pharmacy 
SW Social Work 

Other abbreviations 
C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of 
Fine Art 


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Friday, April 22, 1994 

3 pm — Academic and MCV 
Campuses Bus Tour — Here's 
your chance to see how both 
campuses have grown and 
changed over the years. Your 
tour guide will point out 
campus highlights in the air- 
conditioned comfort of a van. 
The van leaves from Reunion 
'94 Headquarters at 310 North 
Shafer Street. 

5:30 pm— RPI Classes of the 
'40s Dinner — Reminisce with 
your classmates about your 
days at RPI during this special 
dinner at the VCU Meeting 
Center, corner of Floyd and 
Harrison. $10 per person. 

6-9 pm — The School of 
Education celebrates its 30th 
anniversary during an exciting 
reception in the Capital 
Ballroom, inviting you to visit 
with current and emeriti 
faculty members at mterest 
stations where you can discuss 
casually "What's New In 
Education" with a variety of 
faculty members who can 
update you on new and 
exciting trends in their fields. 
The following emeriti faculty 

members plan to be on hand to 
welcome you back to VCU: 
Mr. James Bailey, Dr. Robert 
S. Fleming, Dr. Gladys 
Fleming, Dr. Arnold P. 
Fleshood, Dr. Ada D. Hill, Dr. 
C. Gordon Keesee, Jr., Mr. 
John A. Mapp, Dr. Howard L. 
Sparks, Dr. Rizpah L. 'Welch, 
Dr. Esther Zaret, and Dr. A. 
Gaynelle Whitlock. This 
reception will also offer food, 
beverages, alumni awards and 
an opportunity to catch up 
with your classmates. Don't 
miss this event. 

7-10 pm — The African 
American Alumni Council 

invites all alumni to participate 
in its annual Networking 
Reception and Art Show and 
Sale. The talents of African 
American alumni will be on 
display and for sale in the 
elegant atmosphere of the 
Commonwealth Ballroom. Live 
music, food, beverages. 

Saturday, April 23, 1994 

9 am— 50 Year Alumni Club 
Breakfast— VCUAA President 
Peggy Adams will induct 
alumni from 1944 or earlier 
into this prestigious club at the 
VCU Meeting Center. (Only 
alumni attending Reunion '94 
will be inducted.) 

9 am-12 noon — Honors Mini- 
Module — Dr. Steve Price, 
Honors Scholar-ln-Residence 
from the VCU Department of 
Physiology will discuss "Can A 
Man My Age Be Happy With 
An Old Bag." Honors Center 
in the Millhiser House, 916 W. 
Franklin Street. 

12:15-1:30 pm — Honors 
Brown Bag Lunch — topic and 
speaker to be announced. 
Honors Center in the Millhiser 
House, 916 W. Franklin Street. 

1:30 pm — MCV and Academic 
Campus Bus Tour — See 

previous description. 

3:30 pm-5 pm — President 
Trani's 50 Year Salute— all 50 
Year Alumni Club members 
from both campuses (those 
previously inducted and those 
being inducted this year) are 
invited to the MCV Alumni 
House, 1016 East Clay Street 
to meet VCU President Eugene 
P. Trani and celebrate together. 
Special shuttle buses to MCV 
will leave from Reunion 
Headquarters beginning at 
3:15 pm. 

10 pm-2 am — African 
American Alumni Council 
Dance in conjunction with 
Theta Rho Chapter Alpha 
Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.'s 
20th Anniversary in the 
Commonwealth Ballroom at 
University Student Commons. 
Food, dance music, and cash 
bar. Tickets are $10 in 
advance, $15 at the door. 

For more information about Reunion Weekend, please contact the Office of Alumni Activities at (804) 367-1227. 


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